Scribe is interesting on his first start since May having been purchased from Ballydoyle in the October sales, while Martine's Spirit finished a couple of places ahead of the disappointing Balandra when third at Lingfield last time. She'd earlier finished just in front of the less-exposed Silver Blossom at this track, but the latter is expected to come out best today with further progress likely. Echos Of Motivator is another frustrating type so a speculative vote goes to John Gosden's HOUSE OF MIRRORS on his belated debut as connections will be desperate to get a win out of the 390,000 dollar colt.
Northumberland 100-1 (9-4) Tracked leader until ridden over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 12, 19l behind Mount Crystal (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Barachiel 8-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Priors Gold (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Cloudy Spirit 66-1 (8-11) Led until 3f out, weakened soon after and behind, last of 6, 28l behind Sadeek's Song (8-13) at Leicester 1m 4f cond Stakes (3) gf in Oct.
Echos Of Motivator 8-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 12, 22l behind Duquesa (9-0) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Fish Called Peppa (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up 6f out, in a race won by Corbally Ghost (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo nhf sft in Nov, 13 ran.
House Of Mirrors (USA) Medaglia D'oro colt out of Thousand Thrills.
Maggie Aron 14-1 (9-6) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 6f out and keen, soon went 2nd, ridden 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Priors Gold (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Scribe (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Soon well off pace in mid-division, moderate 5th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, moderate 4th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 10l behind Apache (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 4f 3yo mdn gf in May.
Balandra 5-1 (8-12) Settled towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, never on terms, 5th of 7, 3l behind Sky Crystal (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Martine's Spirit (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, led over 4f out, hard ridden when strongly challenged well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Sky Crystal (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Silver Blossom (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden over 3f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Ajeeb (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.