MIDNIGHT BELLE is worth sticking with as she bids for a hat-trick. She's upped another 5lb but won a higher grade handicap than this over track and trip last time and makes more appeal than Definite Ruby. The latter went close in soft ground recently but was tailed off at this track during the summer, while Belle De Fontenay will find this much tougher than the plating races she's been winning. Ruby Glow is lightly-raced and may figure on her handicap bow after a couple of placed efforts in novice company.
Golden Sparkle (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) In touch, headway 8th, soon under pressure and weakened, 6th of 8, 40l behind Arctic Court (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Nov.
Midnight Belle 2-1fav (10-13) Held up in touch, headway to challenge on inside after 3 out, led before next, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Southwell 2m 4f (3) sft in Nov beating In By Midnight (10-4) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Beyeh (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 4 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 13, 23l behind Cyrien Star (10-2) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Definite Ruby (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4th, chased winner 3 out, soon ridden, challenged last, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Buxom (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway through field from 2nd, not fluent 4th or 6th, closed in 3rd from 3 out, went 2nd after next, led towards finish, won at Leicester 2m 4f sell (5) gs beating Stow (11-3) by 1l, 10 ran.
Adiynara (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden 4 out, weakened before next, 6th of 11, 19l behind Islandmagee (11-2) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Feb.
Ruby Glow 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd when not fluent 3 out, blundered next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Joanne One (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Loyaute (FR) 9-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, weakened between last 2, 7th of 13, 24l behind Highland Retreat (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Tharaya 10-1 (11-8) Prominent, mistake 1st, lost place approaching 6th, 7th of 9, 46l behind Red Not Blue (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun '11.
Tribu D'estruval (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th or 6th, some headway 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 14, 33l behind Koolala (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Petit Fleur 66-1 (10-12) In touch, under pressure 3 out, gradually weakened, 13th of 15, 34l behind Sir Frank (11-11) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.