Star Anise was beaten nine lengths by hot favourite Earthflight over course and distance two weeks ago but still finished ahead of Jazzy Lady, who is worse off at the weights today. Rural Affair stepped out of plating company to land a nursery over track and trip last week and should make a bold bid to land the hat-trick under a penalty but RAGGED ROBBIN may be able to take advantage of a drop in grade to defy top weight. His latest fourth at Lingfield was his best run so far and there should be more to come in the months ahead.
Ragged Robbin (FR) 10-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 5l behind Royal Preserve (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Star Anise (FR) 12-1 (9-5) Taken to post early, in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Earthflight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Jazzy Lady (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, no impresssion from over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Earthflight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Rural Affair 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden clear entering final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating Columbian Roulette (8-8) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Tortoise 100-1 (8-6) Raced wide held up, ridden over 3f out, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 8, 12l behind Encore Encore (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Bridge Of Avon 100-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride and bumped start, soon pushed along in rear, driven along over 2f out, soon switched left to inside, no impression over 1f out, 5th of 9, 8l behind Marlismamma (8-4) at Ayr 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.