Perfect Ch'i had today's rivals Cape Melody and Sunset Kitty behind when allowed to make all over C&D last month. But she's unlikely to get her own in front today with the free running Leelu in opposition and they could set the race up nicely for AL AQABAH. The latter has won twice over a mile here, both times under today's apprentice, and could prove too strong in the closing stages if the front-runners take each other on. Leadenhall Lass still looks too high in the weights on her reappearance.
Cape Melody 15-8fav (9-7) Held up in 5th, pushed along halfway, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Dream Number (8-7) at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Mar.
Sunset Kitty (USA) 11-8fav (9-5) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 4l behind Perfect Ch'i (8-12) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Mar.
Al Aqabah (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) Took keen hold in touch, headway on outside over 2f out, driven to 2nd and hung left from over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tewin Wood (9-7) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Perfect Ch'i (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on gamely and always holding on, won at Kempton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Mar beating Avonrose (9-7) by nk, 6 ran.
Leadenhall Lass (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Hi Shinko (9-10) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Leelu 15-2 (9-2) Made most, ridden clear over 1f out, driven out, won at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov beating Delaware Dancer (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.