RED LARKSPUR didn't manage a win last year but has dropped 8lb since the start of last season. The presence of Richard Hughes suggests he's expected to go well on his reappearance and he gets the nod. Catalinas Diamond scored over track and trip last month and her defeat of Dorothy's Dancing gives her the beating of today's rival Amethyst Dawn. But like recent 7f winner, Chevise, she failed to figure off a higher mark last time. Rooknrasbryripple and Hold The Star have little chance racing from out of the handicap.
Red Larkspur (IRE) 50-1 (7-11) Raced far side close up, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 37l behind Hippy Hippy Shake (9-1) at Newmarket 1m fll hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Catalinas Diamond (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 8l behind Bubbly Ballerina (9-2) at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ran on to 2nd final 135 yards, never any chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Elusive Hawk (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Chevise (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 12l behind Elusive Hawk (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Rooknrasbryripple 50-1 (8-2) Led until ridden and headed 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakend soon after, 4th of 6, 5l behind Bubbly Ballerina (9-2) at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.
Hold The Star 66-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, last of 6, 9l behind Bubbly Ballerina (9-2) at Lingfield 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.