Blackthorn Stick won here a week ago but will need to dig a bit deeper under today's penalty. Minimee also carries 6lb extra having scored at Kempton on Wednesday but he's won off higher marks in the past and should be thereabouts again. Coastal Passage has been getting closer without threatening to win and Two In The Pink ran better than her latest eighth at Lingfield suggests. But HARVEST MIST went close off today's mark over track and trip on her penultimate start and it's Shaun Lycett's mare that gets the vote to come up trumps in this.
Blackthorn Stick (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Sweet Vintage (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Bond Club 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, wide into straight 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 8l behind Run It Twice (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Two In The Pink (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 8th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Chevise (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) Reared and unseated rider in stalls, in a race won by Rise To Glory (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct, 13 ran.
Harvest Mist (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind Tartan Trip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
True Spirit 33-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 6l behind Barista (9-4) at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Oct.
Minimee 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd on inside travelling well 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Tijuca (9-4) by nk, 11 ran.
Coastal Passage 7-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, stayed on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Rafaaf (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.