Perfect Shot missed most most of last year and hasn't looked the same horse since his return. He's well treated if rediscovering his best but it's difficult to say the same for Leyte Gulf, who looks in the handicapper's grip judged on his recent placed efforts over C&D. Waldsee disappointed off today's mark having scored over 2m before that so a tentative nod goes in the direction of CORVETTE. She's gone close to scoring on her last two starts at this track and gets another chance to finally open her account today.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Held up in last pair, outpaced 3f out, never on terms after, 5th of 7, 6l behind El Libertador (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Leyte Gulf (USA) 2-1fav (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, hung left and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Fantino (9-10) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Waldsee (GER) 4-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 12l behind Blue Cossack (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Polly Holder (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on well approaching final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Ivanov (9-9) at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Aug.
Corvette 7-1 (8-10) Soon in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Holden Eagle (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
If What And Maybe 33-1 (8-6) Slowly away, in rear, headway on outer over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 10, 8l behind Sumani (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Carnelian (IRE) 100-1 (9-13) Held up, headway over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, well behind Harry Hunt (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.