GERTRUDE VERSED was only beaten a short-head at Lingfield a fortnight ago with Too Difficult over three lengths behind and a bold bid looks likely from John Gosden's filly over today's extra furlong. The latter trained Lascaux last year when she found one too good in both starts but she makes her debut for a new yard on her first start since May. La Belle Doyenne ran well enough on her handicap debut to be considered for this while Easy Life and Taming The Tweet are others who will appreciate this step up in trip.
La Belle Doyenne 12-1 (9-7) Led to post, took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd 10f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, chased leader until outpaced to 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Stentorian (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Lascaux 1-2fav (8-8) Led early, tracked winner, ridden to challenge over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, kept on and always held, 2nd of 3, 2 1/4l behind Tajriba (8-8) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo mdn fll (5) fbs in May.
Lea Valley 66-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, ridden and went moderate 4th over 1f out, 4th of 5, 15l behind Captain Starlight (8-8) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Narla 25-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 14, 9l behind Madgenta (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov '11.
Santorini Sunset Haafhd filly out of Fantasy Ridge.
Easy Life 6-1 (8-8) Chased winner virtually throughout, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same apce, no impression, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Compton Rainbow (9-7) at Kempton 1m Fillies Maiden Auction Stakes (3-5yo) (5) pol.
Gertrude Versed 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon challenged, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Little Buxted (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Taming The Tweet 33-1 (8-12) Went right start, chased leader, effort over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Magique (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Too Difficult (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Little Buxted (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.