SONG OF JOY has shown steady improvement and wasn't beaten that far when fifth at Kempton on her return to action last month. She finished ahead of Umph, who has since beaten Parque Atlantico, so a good run from the latter in the previous race would boost confidence. Percythepinto's win came in a seller on the Fibresand though he's been well beaten subsequently, while Hugenot has claims on January's fourth at Dundalk. Sudden Wish won over 7f at Lingfield in the same month and she should figure again given she went close again over today's trip last time.
Hugenot (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 7l behind Manomine (8-9) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Percythepinto (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Raced wide close up, chased leader over 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, 3rd of 5, 7l behind My New Angel (8-2) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Song Of Joy (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on, not able to trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 4l behind Beauchamp Castle (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Masters Blazing 8-1 (9-3) Raced wide and tracked leaders, effort 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Emman Bee (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Coach Montana (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 7th of 14, 13l behind Karma Chameleon (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Sudden Wish (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and ran on strongly final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Emman Bee (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Armiger 5-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling halfway, last of 13, well behind J J Leary (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Chater Garden (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Hampered start, in rear, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Regal Gold (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Sleepy Lucy 66-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up, not much room and ridden over 2f out, no headway, 8th of 10, 14l behind Dark Castle (8-12) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Tigresa (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 3f out, gradually weakened, last of 6, 17l behind Pelican Rock (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Mar.
Meet Joe Black (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) With leader, under pressure well over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 14l behind Clean Bowled (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
Roman Senate (IRE) 14-1 (7-9) Soon led, headed 3f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 9l behind Oscan (9-6) at Brighton 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Doc Hill 16-1 (8-9) In rear, pushed along 4f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 17l behind Next Cry (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Mexican Wave 80-1 (8-10) Outpaced, always in rear, last of 10, 29l behind Three Am Tour (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.