Dame Nellie Melba is upped 5lb for scoring over a longer trip on the Fibresand last month while Ocean Applause will find this tougher than the plating races he's been winning recently. Lady Lunchalot is much better than she showed at Kempton during the week when Planetoid also turned in a below-par effort. She can figure but breeding suggests today's longer trip will be no problem for HAVELOVEWILLTRAVEL and the Joey Barton-owned filly is fancied to make amends for returning a losing favourite at Kempton in November by landing this.
Planetoid (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, some headway on outside over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 12l behind Swehan (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dame Nellie Melba 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, edged left and led approaching final furlong, driven and ran on, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Returntobrecongill (9-1) by nk, 8 ran.
Apache Glory (USA) 50-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 7l behind Syncopate (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Havelovewilltravel (IRE) 11-10fav (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, not much room inside final furlong, stayed on, went 3rd towards finish, just nudged out and lost 3rd post, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Araqella (9-0) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Nov.
Red Shuttle 12-1 (9-10) Behind, keeping on when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 14, 5l behind Precision Five (8-11) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Archie Rice (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, soon short of room, kept on under pressure, 5th of 12, 3l behind Syncopate (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Ocean Applause 3-1fav (8-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol beating Copperwood (8-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Lady Lunchalot (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Pressed winner to over 3f out, driven over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 6l behind Swehan (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Led, headed 5f out, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, last of 12, 37l behind Swift Blade (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Shirataki (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, kept on one pace and no impression, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Thankyou Very Much (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Unmoothaj 6-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 10, 23l behind Ssafa (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.