This is not the strongest of races but the step-up in trip may suit LALIKA. She stayed on last time over two furlongs less and this could be the ideal distance. Clive Cox's participant looks like she may be handy off this mark and the opposition is weak enough for her to take advantage. Kingston Folly and Rhythm Stick have both performed poorly in maidens but their respective trainers may well have had an eye on finding a nice handicap mark. They could prove markedly better now switched to handicapping. Mary Helen has won here before and has strong claims after a respectable runner-up placing most recently. Miss Whippy is also a threat off a mark just 2lb higher than the last time she won.
Lalika 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3l behind D'urberville (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Mater Mater 25-1 (8-10) Always in last pair, well behind final 3f, 12th of 14, 21l behind Lady Lam (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Kingston Folly 66-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, soon in touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, 37l behind Chink Of Light (8-5) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
Port Hill 18-1 (9-4) In rear, outpaced 4f out, never a factor, 9th of 10, 37l behind Bute Street (9-9) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Rhythm Stick 33-1 (9-3) In rear, never a factor, 7th of 12, 17l behind Plutocraft (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Lucas Pitt 14-1 (8-13) In touch, driven along 3f out, one pace final 2f, 6th of 9, 5l behind Oriental Girl (10-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Miss Whippy 20-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and beaten over 2f out, no chance when flashed tail final furlong, 11th of 13, 13l behind Jovial (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Mary Helen 16-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden 4f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd post, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Edward Whymper (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo sll (6) sft in Oct.
Half Sister (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 29l behind Edward Whymper (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo sll (6) sft in Oct.
Storms Over (USA) 50-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, last pair, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Lady Lam (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Pictures (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Towards rear, switched left and headway over 2f out, plugged on one pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 6l behind Lady Lam (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Always De One 20-1 (8-10) Mid division, reminders before halfway, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, went 3rd well over 1f out, no chance with leading duo when hung left under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Derby Desire (9-3) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Oct.
Wavertree Bounty 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leader until led 3f out, clear 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Cuckoo Rock (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Asterales 14-1 (8-12) Never a factor, last of 12, well behind Cuckoo Rock (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.