PEARL NOIR won a maiden race over track and trip last time. This looks no tougher and Scott Dixon's charge can follow-up. Robyn is winner on the Polytrack but hasn't gone close to scoring at this track so far while Wolverhampton scorer Borough Boy has yet to encounter Fibresand. Island Express has been placed here but is winless in 27 starts and the remainder are even harder to fancy on what little they've shown.
Bond Blade 33-1 (8-7) Always in rear, last of 13, 10l behind Sir Geoffrey (8-10) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Borough Boy (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Give Us A Belle (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol.
Chelsea Grey (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Behind and outpaced, ridden over 2f out, kept on under pressure from over 1f out, never reached leaders, 6th of 8, 12l behind Iffranesia (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.
Island Express (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Half reared start, soon pushed along in rear, ridden and beaten halfway, 5th of 6, 12l behind Threave (8-8) at Salisbury 5f mdn stks (4) gf in Sep.
Major Muscari (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Steadied and went left start, took keen hold and soon in touch on outside, good headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and closed on winner nearing finish, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Foie Gras (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Misty Eyes 10-1 (9-4) Led, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Foie Gras (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Partner's Gold (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 9th of 11, 10l behind Be Royale (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Pearl Noir 3-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon led, 6 lengthes clear halfway, hung left over 1f out, held on well, won at Southwell 6f mdn auc stks (6) fbs beating Ishisoba (9-0) by nk, 7 ran.
Red Star Lady (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 13l behind Sakash (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Robyn 10-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 4th of 8, 7l behind Beacon Tarn (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs.