LUCYS GIRL won over 2m4f in a higher grade here last August and this looks her best chance since. She wouldn't want much rain but can make the most of the 8lb she receives from Barton Heather, just touched off at Uttoxeter last month and only a couple of pounds higher. Thornton Alice won off a pound higher around this time last year but she may need a more searching test of stamina nowadays, though did finish well ahead of Kingsfold Flare at Plumpton last time.
Thornton Alice 12-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, hit 4th, chased leaders 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Orsm (10-11) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Barton Heather 8-1 (11-6) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, ridden to chase leaders after next, left 2nd flat, stayed on to lead towards finish, headed post, 2nd of 10, hd behind Agent Louise (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Stay In My Heart (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, struggling 8th, ran on flat, never nearer, 6th of 15, 8l behind The Kings Assassin (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Lucys Girl (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, behind 5th, 14th of 18, 43l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Kingsfold Flare 5-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 7th of 12, 50l behind Orsm (10-11) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Its Ruby 8-1 (10-13) Led before 2nd, mistake 3 out, headed before next, soon beaten, 4th of 8, 25l behind Bedouin Bay (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in May.
The Selector 25-1 (11-3) With leaders, lost place before 6 out, tailed off, in a race won by Bostin (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May, 12 ran.
Choisirez (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 15, 28l behind Gap Of Dunloe (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jul.
Glacial Roes (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 5th, pushed along and dropped to last pair after 5th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Magic Money (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.