Fairyinthewind has gone close on her last three starts over 1m2f. She won over this shorter trip last year and makes more appeal than the unpredictable Morant Bay. The latter has separated a couple of modest efforts with a third at Wolverhampton and will figure if reproducing that form but Russian Ice appears stuck on her present mark. PRINCESS ICICLE won her maiden at Kempton and went close on her handicap debut at the same track. She's having her first start for over a year but gets the tentative vote with further progress a possibility. Chrissycross reverted to type last time having won over C&D last month but Chevise showed a bit more last time.
Russian Ice 14-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 7l behind Hometown Glory (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Morant Bay (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, soon mid-division, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Daffydowndilly (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Princess Icicle 10-3fav (9-5) Chased leading pair on inside, led on inner 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Full Bloom (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov '11.
Chevise (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Sunshine Always (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Chrissycross (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 17l behind Kelpie Blitz (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
The New Black (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Towards rear, headway on outer 3f out, pushed along and stayed on to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Refreshestheparts (8-11) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) pol.