Breeding suggests a couple of these will improve for the longer trip and JOYFUL FRIEND is one of them. She was unfancied when only sixth behind her more strongly-fancied stablemate, Betimes, over 7f here on her debut, but John Gosden's filly is preferred to Artful Rogue, a runner-up over a mile here last time. Timeless War is another to consider having shown a big improvement when third on his latest start and it will be no surprise if Lil Rockerfeller steps up from a modest debut effort at Kempton.
Artful Rogue (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Led, hard driven when challenged over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, nk behind Poker Gold (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Astrovirtue 100-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 13l behind Cloudscape (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Izbushka (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Always in rear, last of 13, 12l behind Jalingo (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Lil Rockerfeller (USA) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 9l behind Elite Army (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Timeless War (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place over 6f out, came wide entering straight, edged left and headway over 1f out, stayed on, unable to challenge, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Sheila's Footsteps (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Tower Power 14-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division on inside, good headway over 2f out, chased leaders well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 8l behind Cloudscape (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Cosquillas (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Outpaced in mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Water Hole (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.
Dark Tsarina (IRE) Soviet Star filly out of Dark Raider.
Joyful Friend 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt, soon close up, pushed along 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 8l behind Betimes (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.