MY VIKING BAY is back in a seller for the first time since last May. It's a big advantage that she's already won around here on soft ground and John O'Shea's mare can go one better than when second in this race 12 months ago. King's Road finally got off the mark at Fakenham nine days ago but has been raised 9lb for his efforts while Aureate has two ways of running and seems better over further. Lodgician is still capable of going close in this grade, however, and Prince Pippin and Chilbury Hill could also play a part.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) In touch, weakened 3 out, 9th of 16, well behind Xaarcet (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Lodgician (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led, pushed along and headed over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 8l behind Natural Spring (10-7) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
My Viking Bay (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Midnight Belle (10-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Jan.
First Morning (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) In touch, weakened halfway, 11th of 14, well behind Home Run (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
King's Road 3-1 (11-5) Held up, headway halfway, chased leaders, chased leader approaching last, ridden to lead flat, won at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Unwanted Gift (11-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Crack At Dawn (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) In touch, headway to 3rd 3 out, went 2nd soon after, led before next, clear before last, kept on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov '11 beating Tip Of My Tongue (11-1) by 3l, 8 ran.
Lady Romanza (IRE) 66-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 8l behind Dr Livingstone (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.
Cosavita (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led 4th, headed appproaching 6th, weakened rapidly soon after, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Body Gold (10-10) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Feb '11.
Mount Welcome (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, some headway when not fluent 8th, weakened well before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 18, well behind Tisfreetdream (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 28-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 26l behind Drussell (10-13) at Ludlow 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Aureate 7-2 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 4th, led 8th, headed before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 9, 29l behind Romney Marsh (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Emerald Glade (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Always behind, 8th of 9, 36l behind Lean Burn (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 5-2 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, led before next, headed 2 out, well held when mistake last and dropped to 3rd soon after, no extra, 3rd of 7, 22l behind Uimhir A Seacht (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) hvy in Dec.
Kingston Tiger 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd at 4th, mistake 5th, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, 33l behind Nicky Nutjob (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) hvy in Dec.