Mark Johnston has trained the last couple of winners of this event and NELLIE BLY could make it a hat-trick. She just held on for victory over 6f here last month and today's extra furlong looks likely to bring further improvement. The Scuttler and Laudation finished upsides over track and trip last time though neither threatened the winner while the handicapper looks to have got Al Gharrafa about right as she's been beaten in a couple of starts since landing a maiden at Wolverhampton. Indian Affair dead-heated for first at Kempton last month and tries 7f for the first time today.
Indian Affair 12-1 (8-8) Chased leading pair until dropped to last over 3f out and soon outpaced, no progress final 2f, last of 4, 9l behind Line Of Reason (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Laudation 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders, over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Botteen (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Nellie Bly 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, hard pressed when edged left towards finish, held on, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Star of Rohm (9-5) by hd, 4 ran.
The Scuttler (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Mid-division, headway under pressure 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Botteen (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Al Gharrafa 7-2 (9-7) Not much room start, tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace under pressure final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Byroness (8-13) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Echo Brava 20-1 (9-2) Always last pair, never on terms, last of 9, 7l behind Indian Affair (8-5) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Clement (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Held up, headway when not much room over 1f out or entering final furlong, stayed on, never nearer, 4th of 10, 2l behind Zain Spirit (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.