VICTORY IDE SAY posted a most encouraging effort on his solitary juvenile outing and has valid claims in this company; Starlight Muse sets the standard as far as current handicap marks are concerned so merits interest on these terms, while Zamid has a good number of winners in her pedigree and appeals most from the debutantes. The last named also represents a yard going great guns and, even though she is likely to need a touch further given time; Richard Fahey is hardly pitching her at an unrealistic level. The market will be the best gauge as to whether the filly looks the part in the paddock as she makes her racecourse debut. Starlight Muse displayed a liking for racing on turf when she finished a close-up second at Windsor 19 days ago. She has fitness on her side and holds an obvious chance in a race of this nature. Quite whether she will represent good value is debatable, though. Others worth a mention include: Song Of Parkes, who is bred for sprinting and ought to appreciate the drop in trip, while Oh So Spicy may be the pick of Chris Wall's runners and is one to note for the future. However, Victory Ide Say really caught the eye under tender handling at Kempton in December and, given more forceful tactics, the son of Fath can take the leading role today.
Burning Thread (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, pushed along towards rear, ridden halfway, never a factor, last of 8, 12l behind Wellmarked (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Dandarrell 9-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up, pulled hard, headway over 3f out, hung left over 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Solicitor (9-3) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Rafiki (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Very slowly away, always in rear, 9th of 10, 19l behind I'malwaysright (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Stoppers (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders until halfway, 8th of 10, 7l behind Steed (9-0) at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Apr.
Victory Ide Say (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Slowly away, behind, headway over 1f out, not clearest of runs and switched right entering final furlong, ran on well under hands and heels to take 3rd and closing finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Passion Overflow (8-12) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Whispering Ridge Namid gelding out of Spring Whisper.
Avaricious Avonbridge filly out of First Tarf.
Gower Diva 66-1 (8-9) Dwelt, towards rear, never nearer, 9th of 15, 19l behind Bated Breath (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Lady Vyrnwy (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and never a factor, eased inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 16l behind Jamaayel (9-0) at Dundalk 6f 2yo fll mdn stks pol in Oct.
Mighty Aphrodite 12-1 (8-5) Keen, held up, ridden over 2f out, never trouble leaders, 7th of 9, 8l behind Dormer Fleet (8-11) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Mi Nina Castagna 16-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, raced wide in rear, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 11, 11l behind Trade Secret (9-0) at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Apr.
Oh So Spicy Pastoral Pursuits filly out of Almasi.
Song Of Parkes 40-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong,soon headed, no extra towards finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Maid In Heaven (9-0) at Pontefract 6f 3yo fll mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Starlight Muse (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon pressed, no extra and headed last strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Key Light (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Zamid (FR) Namid filly out of Zarkana.