BUT BEAUTIFUL is making steady progress having won three of her last four starts. She got the better of Eastern Gift at Kempton on her latest outing and the latter has since franked the form when beating today's rival Shared Moment at Lingfield. Robert Mills' filly gets the vote to continue her winning ways here at the chief expense of the returning Inpursuitoffreedom, who has some decent form to her name and goes well fresh. The handicapper may have got to grips with Zafeen's Pearl now, while Miss Bounty and Very Well Red just don't look good enough in this grade.
Inpursuitoffreedom 15-8fav (9-1) Took keen hold disputing 3rd, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, one pace and held when edged left well inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Strike Force (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
But Beautiful (IRE) Evensfav (9-6) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and joined over 1f out, prevailed in tight finish, on the nod, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Eastern Gift (9-4) by shd, 7 ran.
Zafeen's Pearl 9-1 (9-2) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Ermyntrude (8-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Shared Moment (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out until well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, no real chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Eastern Gift (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Very Well Red 4-1fav (9-6) Led, ridden and came center over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Clearing House (8-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Miss Bounty 6-1 (8-4) Raced wide towards rear, wide and struggling straight, never a factor, 9th of 13, 7l behind Carr Hall (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.