WHERE'S SUSIE is looking to end a long losing run and looks to have a good chance of doing so. A further slip down the weights allows her to drop down a grade and she finished a close-up fifth over track and trip in November. Epsom Salts beat Sommersturm in an amateurs' race here last month but has been beaten off today's higher mark since. Keep Kicking and Dr Finley have even more to find with Epsom Salts and Echua looks a bigger threat as he made a successful raid over from Ireland when scoring over 1m4f at Wolverhampton last year.
Where's Susie 7-1 (9-4) Led, hard ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Asia Minor (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
Balady (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 12th of 17, 12l behind Highway Code (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Epsom Salts 6-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 4l behind Outrageous Request (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Echua (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Finish position 5, 5th of 10, 1 1/2l behind First Friday (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Honest Strike (USA) 5-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, held up, closed 5f out, hampered over 3f out, one pace inside final furlong, eased towards finish, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Flash Crash (9-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Shadarpour (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Raced wide held up, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 10l behind Bramshill Lass (9-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Sommersturm (GER) 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 6f out, ridden and lost 3rd over 2f out, rallied and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on to take 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Fire In Babylon (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Outrageous Request (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Dr Finley (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, went 3rd 2f out until no extra towards finish, 4th of 13, 9l behind Epsom Salts (10-3) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Royal Defence (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, switched right and kept on towards finish, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Ice Apple (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (6) sft in Oct.