Fresh from a four-month lay-off, LOVE MATCH pulled too hard and never figured at Kempton last month on her first start for Marco Botti. She was a winner off a higher mark at Newbury last summer and, if she settles better here, should prove the one to beat. Piquante was all out to win over C&D last time and may struggle to stage a repeat, while Catherines Call may need the run on her first start since October. Ivory Silk needs to improve but Spinning Bailiwick won at Kempton on Thursday and could figure if making a quick reappearance.
Catherines Call (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Samarinda (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Oct.
Piquante 15-8fav (9-1) Led early, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan beating Diapason (9-6) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Ivory Silk 12-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Waabel (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Love Match 8-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 9l behind Gallantry (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Spinning Bailiwick 7-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, improved when bumped well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Black Baccara (8-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.