Surrey-based handler Olly Stevens has made a bright start to his career and THE ART OF RACING can add to his tally. A winner for Richard Hannon at York in September, he was just touched off by Mayfield Girl on his comeback at Nottingham earlier this month and a 1lb rise should be easily managed. Royal Acquisition was odds-on for a Lingfield maiden in November and duly obliged and there's no reason he shouldn't be as effective on Turf while Sica's Dream has been in good form on Polytrack though he looked ready for another furlong last time. Windforpower has won three times already this year though all of his five victories to date have been on Polytrack. Queen Flush makes her handicap debut but showed really good speed on her reappearance at Doncaster and could have got in lightly.
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Mayfield Girl (9-1) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Angus Og 4-1 (8-13) Keen tracked leading trio, ridden halfway, edged left and kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind March (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Oct.
Royal Acquisition 4-7fav (9-3) Made all, hard driven when strongly challenged entering final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Ada Lovelace (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Deepest Blue 14-1 (9-1) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Robot Boy (9-1) at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) gd.
Lord Avonbrook 14-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon edged left, weakened over 1f out,, 11th of 16, 11l behind Marhaba Malayeen (9-6) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Silca's Dream 4-1 (9-0) Held up in rear and in touch, one pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Hartwright (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo stks 0-70 (5) pol.
Queen Flush (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 6l behind Robot Boy (9-1) at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) gd.
Lucky Lodge 8-1 (8-12) In rear and outpaced, last of 7, 10l behind Bogsnog (9-7) at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Windforpower (IRE) 1-2fav (8-11) Took keen hold, tracked leader, going well over 1f out, ran on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo clm stks (5) pol in Mar beating Modern Lady (8-8) by hd, 3 ran.