SAND GROUSE went close behind Devout at Wolverhampton during the week when dropped back to today's distance. Marco Botti's filly should be winning in this company as she has the beating of Actonetaketwo, Black Truffle and Spreading on a line through Devout. Foxy Dancer hails from the Hannon yard but showed nothing in three starts last year and needs a big improvement while neither Brynford nor Duchess Of Dreams make any appeal on what little they've shown so far.
Sand Grouse 7-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Devout (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Spreading 20-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Shearian (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Brynford 33-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 12l behind Flashlight (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Duchess Of Dreams 33-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, never on terms, 6th of 9, 11l behind Derwentwater (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Black Truffle (FR) 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Hazard Warning (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Actonetaketwo 5-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Devout (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Foxy Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Raced keenly and soon led, headed over 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, last of 12, 16l behind Manazel (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.