Considering he had to overcome trouble in-running, EVEN STEVENS' victory in a nursery over the minimum trip at Kempton in October was all the more meritorious. He has joined Dandy Nicholls' yard since his win and with decent claimer Billy Cray easing his burden, he can take this if handling the surface. Finn's Rainbow has to come into the reckoning having gone close over C&D last week and Ace Master has improved for racing on the Fibresand and finished a decent third over 7f here last month. Better is also expected from Irish Boy dropping in class.
Finn's Rainbow 6-1 (8-1) Led, ridden and strongly challenged from over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 6, shd behind Lenjawi Pride (9-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs.
Ridgeway Hawk 17-2 (8-1) Chased leader, ridden along halfway, driven and weakened well over 1f out, last of 6, 9l behind Miss Dutee (8-5) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Ace Master 4-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, headed and hung left over 1f out, pressed winner after until not quicken close home, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Irie Ute (9-7) at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Even Stevens 9-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, wide and lost place briefly on bend over 3f out, ran on inside final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 5f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Shutupandrive (8-6) by ns, 12 ran.
Molly Mylenis 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Je Suis Unrockstar (8-12) at Southwell 5f 2yo sll (6) std in Nov.
Juarla (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort on inside over 1f out, went well held 2nd under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Wolf Slayer (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Irish Boy (IRE) 10-1 (7-12) Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon hard ridden, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Monsieur Jamie (8-13) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs.
Bernie's Tune 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division on inner, ridden over 3f out, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 13l behind Prince Of Burma (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.