MATRAASH had been making hay in plating races before coming unstuck when dropped back to the extended mile trip here last time. He can pick up the winning thread over this extra furlong with only Misleading Promise looking a serious threat. The latter should improve for a recent comeback run at Southwell and was in fine form on the all-weather at this time last year. The remaining trio have it all to do on today's terms with Lucy Bee probably the best of them at the weights.
Matraash (USA) 11-10fav (9-4) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Saharia (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Bix (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Soon led, headed over 4f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 4, 6l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs.
Misleading Promise (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, last of 6, 33l behind Silly Billy (8-11) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs.
Kneesy Earsy Nosey 40-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, soon under pressure and weakened, tailed off, remote 4th, last of 4, 39l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs.
Lucy Bee 9-1 (8-13) Led, driven 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Luv U Whatever (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.