WELSH ARTIST is the tentative selection in this contest with Mint Whip and Premium Charge others likely to figure in the finish. Amanda Perrett hasn't had too many winners of late though her horses have made their way into the frame. Welsh Artist has three quick runs in November to gain a handicap mark and force the handicapper into a decision. He stays seven furlongs without too many issues so it will be interesting to see whether there is any money beforehand. Mint Whip won a maiden at the course of six furlongs. She is a half-sister to winners over a mile so it is to be hoped that there is more to come over further. Premium Charge made all to win a weak race at Southwell last week and landed a few decent bets in the process. Vito Volterra won a seller recently though has not been such a potent threat in handicaps. Abhar came up against an above average sort at the course in January and while one cannot necessarily argue that compensation awaits, it would be no surprise to see him go close. Bookiesindex Girl seems to have plenty of weight at present. The market will give us a fair idea of what to anticipate from the handicap debutants and of those, Welsh Artist seems the most open to progression.
Vito Volterra (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Keen tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Private Olley (8-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Adam De Beaulieu (USA) 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Understory (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Durham Town (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in touch in 4th, ridden entering final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb beating Bohemian Melody (8-11) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Barlaman (USA) 9-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 7l behind Love Delta (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Welsh Artist 10-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, strong challenge from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken close home, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Too Putra (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Abhar (USA) 3-1 (8-9) Led early, chased leader, kept on final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Tiradito (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Mount Juliet (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong, always held, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Look Whos Next (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Sep.
Bookiesindex Girl (IRE) 5-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, in 4th, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 12l behind Miami Gator (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Chandrayaan 20-1 (8-12) In touch, hung right over 2f out, one pace from well over 1f out, 5th of 8, 6l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (8-12) at Kempton 6f 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Mint Whip (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Raced wide, held up towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, just prevailed, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Pippbrook Ministar (8-6) by ns, 8 ran.
Bathwick Xaara 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, lost place on inside over 3f out, no threat after, 8th of 11, 5l behind Pepi Royal (8-12) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Orsett Lad (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 12l behind Pastello (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Premium Charge 3-1 (9-0) Broke smartly, made all, ridden clear over 1f out, eased near finish, unchallenged, won at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Sandy Toes (8-5) by 5l, 8 ran.
May Chorus (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden 2f out, ran on towards finish, not reached leaders, 4th of 14, 1l behind Honest Broker (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.