Valtina looked a nice prospect when landing a Haydock maiden last month but didn't appear to last out 1m2f in a Listed contest at Newbury on Friday. Harmonic Note has been racing at a high level since landing a Dundalk maiden and Ger Lyons doesn't waste journeys across the Irish Sea while Heading North has run well in a couple of stiff handicaps after ending her first campaign with a victory over 7f at Chepstow. Contradict looked suited by plenty of give in the ground when slamming the opposition in a Salisbury handicap so any more rain would greatly aid her cause but ELIK looks to have more scope than most of these and gets the vote after a very promising run at Chester where she was unlucky not to finish much closer.
Contradict 20-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway on rails 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, clear over 1f out, pushed along and stayed on well, won at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Arbaah (8-10) by 6l, 6 ran.
Elik (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Soon held up towards rear, headway when not clearest of runs and squeezed through just over 1f out, kept on to 4th inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Banoffee (8-12) at Chester 1m 3f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.
Glenreef 15-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, lost place on stable bend and soon in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 18l behind Lion Beacon (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Harbinger Lass 40-1 (8-12) Chased leading pair on inside, pushed along and unable to quicken 2f out, ridden and weakened 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Banoffee (8-12) at Chester 1m 3f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.
Harmonic Note 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2 1/2f out, 5th 2f out, kept on same pace over 1f out, 4th of 7, 8l behind Alive Alive Oh (9-0) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1).
Heading North 5-2fav (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Centred (8-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf.
High Time Too (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, effort 1f out, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd near finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Thwart (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo flls hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Of Course Darling 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, pushed along 3f out, squeezed through to challenge and every chance 2f out, chased winner soon after, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Ray Ward (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd.
Starlight Symphony (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Steadied start, in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 5th of 12, 7l behind Auction (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Trapeze 8-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, ran on closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Ribbons (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Valtina (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 5l behind Winsili (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf.