Annimation came back to her best when runner-up at Ascot last month and races off the same mark here. She's certainly one for the short-list along with Cross The Flags, who had few problems getting off the mark at Towcester three weeks ago and has more scope than most. Victoria Rose should be pressing for a place and Miss Tenacious won twice at Newton Abbot in the summer, though has a lengthy break to overcome. KATEAL shrugged off an 18-month absence to win unchallenged at Chepstow. Nick Williams' mare is taking on better opposition today and is 15lb higher in the weights but a couple of those behind at the Welsh track have franked the form since and she could easily score again.
Cross The Flags (IRE) 13-8fav (10-10) Mid-division, headway after 5th, challenged 2 out, clear flat, easily, won at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Delays Expected (10-10) by 6l, 9 ran.
Je Ne Sais Plus (FR) 50-1 (10-0) Towards rear, hit 4th and ridden, soon lost place, last and struggling next, tailed off and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Veiled (9-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Apr, 16 ran.
Miss Tenacious 3-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, jumped left 3 out, soon led, jumped left last 2, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating Our Guardian Angel (10-10) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Victoria Rose (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked winner, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 6th of 13, 44l behind Master Overseer (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Kateal 5-2fav (11-12) Led from 2nd, made rest, kept on well from 2 out, won at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov beating Bendant (11-0) by 14l, 17 ran.
Love of Tara 16-1 (11-7) Badly hampered 1st, behind, moderate late headway, never involved, 6th of 13, 21l behind Lord Crewe (11-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Annimation (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear after 2nd, struggling in 5th after 3 out, headway on outside before next, stayed on to 2nd last, never any chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Emmaslegend (10-11) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Kahsabelle (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Prominent on inside, weakened 3 out, 7th of 14, 32l behind Gunna Be A Devil (11-9) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Lucky Breeze (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 11, well behind Agent Archie (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Munlochy Bay 33-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 6th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Master Overseer (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.
Big Knickers 6-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, ridden after 9th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 35l behind Derwen Pryde (10-7) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Inkberrow Rose (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) With leader, hit 5th, narrow lead approaching 7th, ridden and headed well before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 13, 46l behind Lord Crewe (11-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.