Both Aubrietia and Speightowns Kid failed off higher marks last time having won their penultimate starts and Welease Bwian, who now ears a hood, makes more appeal having strung together a sequence of placed efforts. The latter has every chance but it could be DESERT STRIKE's turn today. He ran below par over 6f at Wolverhampton last week but is back on a winning mark and went close over C&D the time before with Billy Red, Picansort and Even Bolder behind. Bookiesindexdotnet and Rafaaf are badly out of sorts but have both slipped down the weights as a consequence.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 4-1 (9-2) Prominent on outside, driven 2f out, soon outpaced, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Danzoe (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Aubrietia 7-2fav (8-8) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place when switched left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 16, 9l behind Lupo D'Oro (9-4) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Billy Red 6-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Roy's Legacy (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Bookiesindexdotnet 33-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 13, 12l behind Ring For Baileys (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Desert Strike 7-2fav (9-3) Took keen hold in touch, lost place 2f out, last of 9, 9l behind Belle Bayardo (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Rafaaf (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden entering final furlong, one pace, 8th of 12, 7l behind Fortrose Academy (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Picansort 5-1fav (9-3) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on strongly, never nearer, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Roy's Legacy (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Welease Bwian (IRE) 10-11fav (8-11) Led narrowly, ridden 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Danzoe (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hot Sugar (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 11l behind We'll Deal Again (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Even Bolder 25-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Roy's Legacy (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.