Subtle Knife has a bit to find on last year's form but connections presumably think she's capable of better as she was tried in Listed company in October. However, the remainder have been racing on the all-weather of late and HEARTSONG looks the best of them judged on her recent placed efforts over 6f at Kempton. She's shown plenty of early pace so today's shorter trip shouldn't be a problem and John Gallagher's filly is preferred to Betty Brook and Vexillum, who both look pretty exposed now, though recent Kempton fifth Auntie Mabel has scope for further progress.
Vexillum (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 3rd inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Russian Bullet (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Auntie Mabel 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Justbookies Dotnet (9-0) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Betty Brook (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, came center to chase leader over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Marie's Fantasy (9-2) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Heartsong (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Marford Missile (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Subtle Knife 40-1 (8-12) Dwelt always in rear, eased final 2f, 12th of 14, 29l behind Artistic Jewel (8-12) at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd in Oct.