An above-average juvenile contest for this time of season with the standard set by Lady Chloe, an able sort for the Kirby team on the level this year before running out a comfortable winner on her hurdling debut at Stratford. That experience should stand her in good stead here and she's the one to beat. Nevertheless, the McCain team unveils LEXI'S BOY, a notable purchase from the Kevin Ryan yard in midsummer, having landed four successes on the Flat this year. He could be a very useful recruit if taking to timber and is worth chancing against the filly. Another interesting newcomer is Mica Mika, more than useful on the level for the Fahey team and unquestionably worth a spot on any short-list.
Blake Dean 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 2out, headed last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 28l behind Countrywide Flame (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Aug.
Blue Ronnie (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Held up, some late headway but never dangerous, 4th of 10, 44l behind Countrywide Flame (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Aug.
Crabbies Gold (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, lost place inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 13th of 16, 16l behind Arctic Maiden (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug (flat).
Hartforth 20-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, pushed along before 4th, ridden 5th, went 3rd when jumped left and rider lost irons 2 out, one pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Bernisdale (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Kie (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, steadied over 12f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 24l behind Sharp Relief (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug (flat).
Lady Chloe 10-11fav (10-5) In rear, ridden away from hurdles, not much room on bend after 2nd, headway approaching 6th, not much room 3 out, soon switched right and led, clear before 2 out, eased flat, won at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Melancholy Hill (10-5) by 5l, 8 ran.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 15-8fav (8-13) Maded all joined over 4f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to assert final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun beating Quiz Mistress (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran (flat).
Mica Mika (IRE) 5-1fav (9-4) Held up in rear, pushed along over 5f out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 14l behind Ultimate (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep (flat).
Residence And Spa (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Towards rear, pecked badly and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Arctic Reach (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Urban Kode (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, closed when stumbled 5th, weakened approaching 2 out, last of 7, well behind The Ice Factor (11-5) at Perth 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Janet's Pearl (IRE) 10-3 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, mistake 3rd, jumped slowly and lost place 4th, hit 5th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Countrywide Flame (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (3) gs in Jul, 9 ran.
Tarantella Lady 22-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, soon beaten, last of 14, 29l behind Ultimate (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep (flat).