Sylvester Kirk has his winter string in fine fettle and from this mark we'll take MISS PHOEBE to get back to winning ways against her own sex, while Moon Crystal, Aphrodisia and Lady Aspen look likely to challenge her. The selection has been dropped to a BHA rating of 62, which given that she has gone close off 65 last year, looks in her favour. She has gone well here in the past and the return to a mile looks a positive, so we will chance her. Lady Aspen remains a maiden after 14 starts and has slipped down to a career low mark as a result. Polytrack suits, and if this circuit does on her first try at Kempton, then she can get heavily involved. Stablemate Aphrodisia ran well over course and distance last time and as one who has tasted victory over further she will want a strong pace here to bring her stamina into play. She can't be ruled out, and the same can be said of Moon Crystal, who won her maiden here and went close over this trip at Lingfield last time. From a 1lb higher mark she should be thereabouts. Bookiebasher Babe has wins to her name on both artificial surfaces and comes here after a confidence boosting claimer win, so a win for her would be no shock, but in a tricky race for punters we will side with Miss Phoebe.
Moon Crystal 12-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, led well inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 11, nk behind Young Bertie (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Aphrodisia 6-1 (9-2) Held up 5th, headway to chase leaders and go 3rd over 1f out, no extra, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Dinner Date (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Bookiebasher Babe (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Tracked leader, led on bridle 2f out, clear approaching final furlong, pushed out, won at Southwell 1m clm (6) fbs in Dec beating Maddy (7-13) by 4l, 7 ran.
Onenightinlisbon (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Held up mainly in rear, 9th of 11, 5l behind Young Bertie (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Debdene Bank (IRE) 8-1 (8-1) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 21l behind Bencoolen (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (6) gf in Oct.
Miss Phoebe (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) In touch, outpaced 3f out, stayed on again over 1f out, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Romantic Verse (9-2) at W'hampton 7f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Sept.
Alucica 25-1 (8-1) Always behind, 7th of 8, 16l behind United Nations (8-13) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5).
Lady Aspen (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Raced wide in touch, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3l behind King's Colour (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m app hcp (6) pol in Dec.