A few of these have claims but the unexposed DUTCH RIFLE makes most appeal. She scored at the first time of asking over the extended mile trip here last month and the form looks solid given the runner-up has subsequently won. A dual winner at Kempton, Spiritual Flame failed to cope in better company than this last time but is nonetheless preferred to maiden winner Queenie's Home. Mersad opened his account in first-time cheekpieces last month but they've been replaced by blinkers today while Crowdmania showed some improvement for a slide down the weights when runner-up over a longer trip at Lingfield on Monday.
Dutch Rifle 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, driven and stayed on well final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Captain Morley (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Spiritual Flame 3-1 (8-5) Chased leaders in 3rd, chased winner over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, kept on towards finish, last of 4, 2l behind Pearl Spectre (8-7) at Lingfield 1m (3) pol in Dec.
Queenie's Home 7-2 (8-10) Tracked leader, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Captain Secret (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Mersad (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Sebs Sensei (9-2) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Crowdmania 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Starlight Princess (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Arabian Music (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 13, 6l behind Perfect Persuasion (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Intense Feeling (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) Went left start, took keen hold tracking winner, ridden over 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd well over 1f out, 3rd and one pace after, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Aspirant (8-9) at Kempton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Dec.