A case can be made for any number of these and only a token vote goes the way of SPREADABLE. He scored at Wolverhampton before going close at the same track in a higher grade last week. Bretherton dotted up in a maiden at Southwell recently but that may have been down to the Fibresand surface, while Three Pips finished just ahead of Dazza with Little Big Man further behind when runner-up at Lingfield last time. Chookie's Lass scored at Wolverhampton in November and is preferred to course and distance winner Artemis given the latter is now 13lb higher in the weights. Saffire Song and Dont Have It Then are others to consider with the latter making most appeal.
Bretherton 5-4fav (8-12) Close up, led over 1f out, soon clear, ran on, eased towards finish, comfortable, won at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs beating Jaeger Train (8-7) by 9l, 11 ran.
Dazza 12-1 (9-7) Chased leader until approaching halfway, prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Tautira (8-11) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Spreadable (IRE) 11-8fav (8-5) Raced keenly, chased winner, pushed along halfway, ridden edged left and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Lady Frances (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Three Pips 8-1 (9-5) Led and raced keenly, hung right on bend 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Tautira (8-11) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Little Big Man 4-5fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, stayed on, drawing away towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Jan beating Intense Feeling (7-7) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Lady In Blue 14-1 (8-5) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Outback Traveller (8-11) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Chookie's Lass 4-1 (8-13) Made all, driven over 2f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov beating Dancing Sal (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Artemis (IRE) 2-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, quickened on inner to lead approaching final furlong, headed final strides, last of 3, hd behind The Dandy Yank (9-0) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Global Explorer (USA) 3-1 (8-0) Prominent, led and ridden over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 6, nk behind Spreadable (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Prisca 8-1 (8-6) Outpaced, soon detatched, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 10l behind Ysper (9-7) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Dont Have It Then 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Basil Berry (9-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Saffire Song 2-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, not clear run 1f out, kept on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Artemis (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.