Pretty Bubbles has obvious claims having gone close over a mile here last time despite an 8lb rise for her earlier wins at Kempton. She stays this longer trip and is preferred to Waveguide, a runner-up in a maiden at Southwell last week. But EMMAN BEE looks more of a threat as she returned from a short break with a second at Kempton. She's 3lb lower than when scoring over 1m2f on the Turf last year and Luke Dace's grey rates the selection. Princess Icicle and Countess Lovelace are others to note returning from a lay-off having slipped down the weights.
Pretty Bubbles 5-2fav (9-7) Hampered start, took keen hold tracking leaders, effort when hung right on bend 2f out, stayed on well towards finish, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, hd behind Skidby Mill (8-12) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Princess Icicle 50-1 (9-6) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 12th of 14, 14l behind Willow Beck (9-11) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Waveguide (IRE) 11-4 (8-7) Held up in rear, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, headway towards stands side over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Thatchmaster (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4-5yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Rugosa 20-1 (8-13) With leader, quickly weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 43l behind Powerful Pierre (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Emman Bee (IRE) 50-1 (8-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 3rd approaching final furlong, kept on to 2nd final 50 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Just One Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Countess Lovelace 25-1 (9-2) In rear, headway when ran very wide into straight 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Run It Twice (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.