Wicked Spirit didn't take to the Fibresand at Southwell last time but scored at Wolverhampton before that and there may be more to come from recent C&D winner Passion Play stepping up a grade. MAFETENG looks to be facing an easier task, however, having finished runner-up over 1m3f here on her reappearance and John Dunlop's filly gets the nod as she had previous C&D winner and today's opponent Isdaal three lengths behind. The Blue Dog is unpredictable but capable of going close if in the mood and is another to consider in an open race.
Moresweets 'n Lace 9-4 (9-5) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, faded close home, 4th of 5, 5l behind Cala Santanyi (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Apr.
Wicked Spirit (IRE) 6-5fav (9-5) Led until over 4f out, soon under pressure and weakened, 4th of 5, 40l behind Rory Boy (9-0) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Passion Play 4-1fav (9-6) Made all, pressed over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on well towards finish, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Royal Etiquette (9-5) by 1l, 8 ran.
On The Feather 28-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 11l behind Countess Comet (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leader, led entering final 3f, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Dazzling Valentine (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Mafeteng 25-1 (8-8) Chased leader until 7f out, chased leaders, ridden and hung right over 2f out, went 2nd again inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Refractor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Isdaal 10-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, went 4th over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Refractor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Rather Cool 40-1 (8-10) Towards rear, improved to mid-division 10f out, weakened 3f out, 11th of 12, well behind Blue Cossack (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.