CONRY followed a fine run at Wolverhampton last week with a victory at Southwell the following day. He's in great heart at present and his young rider's claim can help him to a quick double. Ivor's Princess likes it here and followed a victory in December with another very good run in a better race last month. Stun Gun's three runs have been at Southwell where he won a maiden in December though he didn't run well there last time. Schottische is very moderate with two minor victories to his credit but Hill Of Dreams has now dropped to a winnable mark and showed signs of a revival here last time.
Conry (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, led entering final 3f, ridden clear over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Queen Of Skies (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Ivor's Princess 12-1 (9-1) Dwelt, reminders in rear early, switched left and headway over 2f out, kept on and ridden towards finish to take 2nd, 2nd of 9, nk behind Welsh Sunrise (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Self Employed 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 7l behind Conry (8-11) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Hill Of Dreams (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, strong run on wide outside and hung right inside final furlong, finished well but not reach leaders, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Compton Bird (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
First Class 12-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Fab Lolly (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Spirit Of Gondree (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, making headway towards inside when hampered and snatched up over 2f out, soon switched left, switched right and strong run final 100 yards, finished well, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Icy Blue (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Xclusive 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Handsome Stranger (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Stun Gun 7-4fav (9-7) In touch on outside, ridden inside final 2f, switched left over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind George Benjamin (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Admirable Art (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Held up toward srear, headway over 2f out, never reached leaders and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 6l behind Compton Bird (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Schottische 20-1 (8-7) Outpaced in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Silly Billy (9-4) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Safwaan 16-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching final furlong, ran on, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Kakapuka (9-3) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.