Brian Sprout was beaten only a head over C&D in November despite having to race wide and has every chance of losing his maiden tag today exiting a more favourable draw. However, AVONVALLEY tumbled down the weights last year and she makes more appeal as this is no tougher than the three plating races she won in 2010. Lisselton Cross is another who has yet to win a race though he looks to have decent place claims, while Porthgwidden Beach is 4lb lower than when registering her only win to date over track and trip in September. However, it's hard to make a serious case for any of the remainder.
Lisselton Cross 6-1 (9-3) Chased leading pair, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Cliffords Reprieve (9-3) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Brian Sprout 15-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Chester Deelyte (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Avonvalley 9-2fav (8-9) Raced stand side close up, effort over 1f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Fair Bunny (8-8) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Nov.
Porthgwidden Beach (USA) 33-1 (8-7) Led until over 1f out, faded final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Sulis Minerva (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Lady Royal Oak (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Started very slowly, rushed up on outside after 1f, led halfway, headed over 1f out, weakened, 5th of 7, 14l behind Pale Orchid (8-6) at Lingfield 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Papageno 16-1 (9-12) Prominent, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 13l behind Pale Orchid (8-6) at Lingfield 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Lois Lane 100-1 (8-10) Led until over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 40l behind Mataajir (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Pharoh Jake 80-1 (8-4) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, rallied and every chance over 1f out, 8th of 9, 9l behind Efistorm (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Deveze (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 10, 5l behind Chester Deelyte (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Pavement Games 33-1 (8-7) Always in rear, 10th of 14, 8l behind Bateleur (8-12) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Cara Carmela 12-1 (8-9) Raced wide in mid-division, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Cliffords Reprieve (9-3) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.