A handful of these went close on their latest starts including AMONTILLADO. The latter may have finished sixth at Lingfield but was only beaten just over a length by the in-form Masterpaver and can come out best in this with Richard Hughes taking over the reins. Shannon Haven went close to following up his earlier victory when beaten only a nose at Lingfield while both Needs The Run and Beastfromtheeast suffered narrow-margin defeats at Southwell last time. Lucky Dottie won a seller at 20/1 on her latest start but will find life tougher off an 8lb higher mark in this company.
Amontillado (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Raced freely tracking leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 6th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Masterpaver (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Shannon Haven (IRE) 5-4fav (9-8) Close up in last place, ridden and slightly outpaced over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 4, ns behind Duly Acclaimed (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f (6) pol in Feb.
Jarlath 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Jazzy Lady (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Needs The Run 5-1 (9-2) Slow into stride raced wide in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Cascadia (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Vera Lou (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Tears of The Sun (9-0) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) fbs in Dec.
Beastfromtheeast 5-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Day Star Lad (9-7) at Southwell 1m (6) fbs in Feb.
Lucky Dottie 20-1 (8-7) Reluctant to load, hung right soon after start, tracked leader 3f, tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, edged right and rallied to lead again towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Feb beating Previous Acclaim (8-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.