IRISH DREAM had a couple of outings in January and her second at Lingfield looks stronger form than that of Spymistress. Mark Johnston's filly gets the speculative vote as the rest of today's opposition make their seasonal debuts and the betting may provide some clues on that score. Pearl Bridge went close on his introduction when third at Sandown in September and Baron Run was placed at the same track on his debut, though he disappointed afterwards. Bluegrass Blues found a couple too good when sent off favourite at York in October but the heavy ground looked a legitimate excuse and he can do better.
Baron Run 5-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 12, 9l behind Grey Street (8-6) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Bluegrass Blues (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and effort inside final 2f, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Shrimpton (8-12) at York 5f 2yo mdn (4) hvy in Oct.
Pearl Bridge 3-1fav (9-3) Dwelt, soon chasing leaders, not clear run over 1f out, switched left approaching final furlong, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leading duo, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Shiatsu (9-3) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Irish Dream 10-1 (9-0) Led, driven over 1f out, soon ridden, headed final 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Keene's Pointe (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Spymistress 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden halfway, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 3, 7l behind You da One (9-5) at Lingfield 5f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.