IVORY SILK is taken to complete the hat-trick at the main expense of First Order and Fromsong. The selection has had two starts for this new yard since being claimed in October for a substantial 16,000. That looked to be a bit of a gamble as he didn't look that well-handicapped but his trainer has worked the oracle and eked out two subsequent wins from him. Although now up to a career-high mark of 84, another win could be around the corner. He used to reside with Dean Ivory, who saddles Fromsong today. Although getting on in years, the gelding has run some good races in defeat lately and should go close again. Wotashirtful is not one to trust implicitly as he has had enough good chances lately without hitting the bulls-eye, so a bigger threat could be First Order. Punters know what they get if they back Ann Stokell's charge but he still looks competitive despite edging up to this new mark of 82. Know No Fear and Storey Hill return to action, and of Derek Shaw's duo, the former could be the most interesting as he is unexposed and didn't cost much at the sales. Silver Prelude is one to watch in the betting, however it is Ivory Silk who is taken to win again.
Ivory Silk 9-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, hard ridden, ran on, won at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Little Edward (9-4) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Fromsong (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Led, hard ridden and headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 4l behind River Kirov (8-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
First Order 4-1 (8-9) Pulled hard towards rear, effort and hung right over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 6l behind Dvinsky (9-4) at Great Leighs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Silver Prelude 28-1 (8-7) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Matsunosuke (9-4) at Great Leighs 6f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Dec.
Wotashirtfull (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, driven and stayed on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Leading Edge (8-10) at Great Leighs 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Know No Fear 18-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, short of room and soon behind, 17th of 20, 5l behind Judge 'n Jury (9-0) at Doncaster 5f hcap (4) sft in Sept.
Storey Hill (USA) 18-1 (9-2) Reared start, behind, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon no impression, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 11l behind Great Charm (9-2) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Jun.
Almaty Express 9-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 9l behind Ivory Silk (8-13) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.