Brendan Powell has had a few winners lately but it's difficult to make a case for the maiden Stockhill Diva in this. Top weight Jacobs Son and Dazzling Valentine arrive off the back of recent victories but The Firm is best on the all-weather. Reflect usually finds at least one too good and Zafranagar has been raised 4lb for his second at Doncaster, though the winner has scored again here since. WOOLSTON FERRY is 3lb lower than his last winning mark and this is probably his trip nowadays. He's an eight-year-old now but has always maintained a fair strike rate and this looks another decent opportunity. Kastini did well last year and also has claims if the ground is still riding fast.
Jacobs Son 11-10fav (9-2) Raced wide tracked leaders, went 2nd 6f out, led 3f out, ridden out (hand timed), won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Lean On Pete (9-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Zafranagar (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Memory Cloth (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar.
Switched Off 50-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, headway and switched right 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Pertuis (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Ssafa (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Kastini 7-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, hd behind Typhon (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Reflect (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Steadied start, pulled hard in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Emulating (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Martinas Delight (USA) 15-2 (9-8) Raced wide in touch in rear, headway to press leader 5f out, ridden and hung right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 6, 27l behind Votary (8-7) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
The Firm (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 13, 1/2l behind Nelson Quay (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Keep Calm 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, driven over 3f out, soon one pace, last of 3, 3 1/2l behind Dubai Celebration (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Diletta Tommasa (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Cataria Girl (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Favorite Girl (GER) 7-2 (8-12) Raced wide close up, ridden to chase leading pair over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Blades Lad (8-13) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar '13.
Dazzling Valentine 11-2 (8-4) Led 1f, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar beating Kenny's Girl (8-12) by 4l, 5 ran.
Elegant Ophelia 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, never on terms, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Maison Brillet (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Stockhill Diva 12-1 (9-2) In rear, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind April Ciel (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Sep.