An 11lb rise for winning a seller at Wolverhampton seems a bit harsh on El Duque but Drinkuptrig has been getting closer and could be thereabouts. Indira should have done better in a maiden race last time so Witchy Woman makes more appeal on the back of a couple of placed efforts over today's trip. It would be no surprise to see Libra Romana come good as she tries today's distance for the first time, but a speculative vote goes to BARBARY. He ended last season with an improved effort at Wolverhampton on his handicap bow and may well get involved on his return.
Drinkuptrig (IRE) 6-4fav (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, ran on but not reach leaders, 4th of 8, 3/4l behind Tautira (8-11) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
El Duque 15-2 (8-11) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating Romantic Bliss (8-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Witchy Woman 7-2 (9-7) Led to 3f out, chased winner, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Copper Cavalier (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Indira 6-1 (8-7) Led, headed 9f out, prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Blue Oyster (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (6) pol.
Harry's Summer (USA) 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 10, 7l behind Excellent Royale (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Barbary (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) In rear, headway on outer over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Rayoumti (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Sandy Cove 7-2fav (8-13) Led, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 8l behind More Aspen (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Henry Grace (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on outside, challenged on outside and every chance 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 13l behind Like A Prayer (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Duly Acclaimed (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 8l behind Can't Change It (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Seven Lucky Seven 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Kinkohyo (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Libra Romana (IRE) 11-8fav (9-5) Held up behind, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Royal Bushida (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Caroline's Beach (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 3f out, behind 2f out, last of 11, 16l behind Dandys Perier (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Krackerjill (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 10l behind Alumina (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.