IVORY SILK is preferred to Fathsta and Cecily in an open contest. The draw is a major negative for the selection but she comes into this race on the back of a couple of decent runs at Wolverhampton over the minimum and looks ready to strike. She's likely to need a little luck in running but should make the frame at worst. Fathsta isn't too badly treated on the best of his form and has a decent draw to work with. He's a winner at the track and a big run looks to be on the cards. The handicapper appears to know where he is with Cecily but she's run well on both starts since returning from a break and should do so again. The well handicapped Pearly Wey may be best watched on debut for a new yard and Daddy's Gift could cause more problems on this occasion as she's well drawn and has a good record at the track. A return to this venue could also bring about a better showing from Little Pete whilst Harlech Castle ran with a little more promise last time but preference is for Ivory Silk.
Ivory Silk 5-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden, headway entering final furlong, ran on to snatch 2nd post, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Gilt Edge Girl (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Beat The Bell 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Earlsmedic (8-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Pearly Wey 12-1 (8-7) In rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 15, 7l behind Aldermoor (8-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Oct.
Daddy's Gift (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up, not far away, ridden and outpaced 2f out, rallied and stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind My Best Bet (8-13) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Fathsta (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Elna Bright (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Little Pete (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 11l behind Doric Lady (8-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Cecily 8-1 (9-0) Towards rear, stayed on well final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 1l behind Lesley's Choice (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Princess Valerina 33-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, raced wide, keen hold early and held up, ridden on outside over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 7l behind Earlsmedic (8-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Brierty (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Dwelt, soon prominent, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 3l behind Earlsmedic (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Thunderous Mood (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Fantasy Explorer (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Harlech Castle 12-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Earlsmedic (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Dvinsky (USA) 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Ektimaal (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.