C&D winner El Mirage has a bit to find on today's terms with the other course winners Footstepsintherain, who was engaged to run at Kempton yesterday, and Bottle Blonde. Correspondent is preferred to all three of the above on his victory in a Lingfield maiden last time but SPOKESWOMAN looks the one to beat. She followed-up a win at Kempton with a second to Ninjago at the same track. The latter is now rated 100 and if the handicapper has got it right, then the Godolphin filly should come out best in this.
Correspondent 10-3fav (9-3) In touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed clear, comfortable, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Persepolis (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Footstepsintherain (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up, headway approaching final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct beating Midnight Flower (8-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bottle Blonde 9-1 (9-2) Held up, pushed along over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Delores Rocket (8-8) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Spokeswoman (IRE) 8-11fav (9-0) Went left start, raced keenly tacking leader, challenged 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 2nd of 3, 1 3/4l behind Ninjago (9-2) at Kempton 6f 2yo nov stks (5) pol in Oct.
El Mirage (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, chased leader and hung left over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct beating Pearl Bounty (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.