Course and distance winner Foreign Rhythm is back on a winning mark and posted a better effort at Southwell last week. Shirley's Pride continues to rise in the weights without winning and found one too good again at Lingfield last month while Beau Mistral is 4lb higher than when scoring here in September, but can go close with a couple of recent runs under her belt. BE LUCKY returns to action having opened her account over the minimum trip at Beverley in August. She beat a subsequent dual winner so the form looks solid enough so Mick Easterby's filly gets the nod.
Beau Mistral (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Raced wide, pulled hard early close up, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, driven over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Star Up In The Sky (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol.
Be Lucky 2-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, led entering final furlong, kept on gamely and edged left towards finish, won at Beverley 5f mdn stks (5) gf in Aug beating Hi Filwah (9-5) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Sunrise Dance 22-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden halfway, lost place over 2f out, last of 15, 26l behind My Name Is Rio (8-13) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Shirley's Pride 6-1 (9-1) Taken to post early, dwelt in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Profile Star (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Ballarina 7-2 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 24l behind Quality Art (8-13) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Foreign Rhythm (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind College Doll (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Irish Girls Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Fleurtille (11-0) at Catterick 5f am hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Oct.
Lady Poppy 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 8l behind I'll Be Good (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Mey Blossom 22-1 (8-9) Outpaced in rear, never a factor, 9th of 13, 12l behind Shillito (8-9) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Pivotal Prospect 4-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 10, 5l behind Fleurtille (9-1) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Oct.