ERMYNTRUDE has won two of her last three starts over track and trip and has gone up only 2lb for her defeat of Divine Rule here three weeks ago. She looks a safer bet than Reasons Unknown who has been in in decent form over longer distances of late. Commercial and Litmus have both won lower grade races over course and distance recently and will find this tougher though the latter has the beating of both Byrd In Hand and Rigid on last month's running.
Ermyntrude 9-2 (9-5) Close up, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, just held on, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan beating Divine Rule (9-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Murfreesboro 33-1 (9-12) Headway to lead after 1f and clear with one rival, headed 9f out, stayed pressing leader until over 3f out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 11, 39l behind Stentorian (10-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (5) pol.
Reasons Unknown (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Kames Park (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f Handicap (0-63) (4yo+) (6) pol in Jan.
Commercial (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Made virtually all, ridden and 4 lengths ahead over 1f out, weakening close home, just lasted, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan beating Delightful Sleep (9-7) by nk, 13 ran.
High Five Prince (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Pulled hard, prominent, led after 2f, clear 7f out until over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, soon beaten, 8th of 12, 11l behind Lady Romanza (8-7) at Warwick 1m 3f 3yo sll (5) sft in Oct.
Gallantry 20-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, led 6f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased winner until well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Bowstar (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Litmus (USA) 3-1fav (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never nearer, 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Fonterutoli (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Anrheg 6-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 8th of 12, 8l behind Yakama (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov '11.
Rigid 10-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 10l behind Litmus (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Lytham (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Doctor Hilary 33-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.