A few of these have been taking each other on in handicaps over the winter. Even Stevens reversed earlier form with Silken Express at Wolverhampton last time with Swiss Cross, Forest Edge and Addictive Dream further behind. But the latter has subsequently beaten several of the above over track and trip. Kingsgate Choice and Stepper Point were last seen in the l'Abbaye at Longchamp and the former has gone well fresh before while Monsieur Joe has been competing in tough handicaps at Meydan without success. Last month's Cleves Stakes over 6f here is proving a good trial and LADIES ARE FOREVER won it last year before claiming this prize. Geoff Oldroyd's mare could only manage sixth in the Cleves this time round but is fancied to reverse running with fourth-placed Iptisam and come good again today.
Stepper Point 33-1 (9-10) last of 20, 11l behind Maarek (9-10) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-105 (2) pol beating Ubetterbegood (8-10) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Even Stevens 20-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on gamely, held on, all out, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (2) pol in Feb beating Silken Express (9-1) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Forest Edge (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 7l behind Tarooq (9-0) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Iptisam 20-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Tarooq (9-0) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 40-1 (9-10) 14th of 20, 5l behind Maarek (9-10) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Ladies Are Forever 5-1fav (9-0) Raced wide pressed leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Tarooq (9-0) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Monsieur Joe (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) 6th of 10, 3l behind Medicean Man (9-1) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp gd in Feb.
Swiss Cross 25-1 (9-3) Raced wide in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 5l behind Addictive Dream (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Silken Express (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Addictive Dream (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.