PEARL PRINCESS was only beaten a nose over course and distance on her latest start and will be a short price to go one better against only three rivals here. Crafted didn't show much in two runs last term but has probably strengthened up over the winter and it would be no surprise to see a better performance today. Miss Wells' half-length second at Newcastle was a big step forward and she should handle the surface but Lenderking is already fully exposed.
Lenderking (IRE) 100-1 (8-7) Awkward start and slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, lost touch over 3f out, remote 5th, last of 5, 31l behind Basingstoke (9-5) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Missy Wells 66-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, stayed on strongly to challenge inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Barleycorn Lady (8-9) at Newcastle 1m mdn flls stks (5) sft.
Crafted (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon hung right, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 22l behind Pretend (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Pearl Princess (FR) 11-4 (8-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, rallied and just held post, 2nd of 5, ns behind Thanks Harry (8-12) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs.