Shirazz has looked in the handicapper's grip since scoring over a shorter trip here in November but Goldmadchen is not out of this despite a further 5lb rise. She bids for a hat-trick of course and distance victories having won off a higher mark last season. But MAZIJ has also tumbled down the weights this year and showed signs of benefiting when runner-up over track and trip recently. Peter Hiatt's charge looks set to go one better in this company. Well Owd Mon failed to stay the 2m trip here earlier in the month but has place claims today along with the inconsistent Impeccability.
Shirazz 7-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, switched right and headway over 5f out, chased winner over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Fire In Babylon (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Precision Strike 33-1 (8-6) Raced wide in touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Qibtee (FR) 16-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, led, headed briefly over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 16l behind Jakey (9-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Goldmadchen (GER) 9-4fav (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Ice Tres (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mazij 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, stayed on under pressure and edged right inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Spanish Plume (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Well Owd Mon 6-1 (8-0) Very slowly away in rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 8, 11l behind Sir Frank Morgan (8-5) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Impeccability 7-1 (8-11) In touch, lost place over 9f out, headway on outside over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 23l behind Primacy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan.
Felice (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Led until over 6f out, ridden and weakened over 4f out, rallied over 2f out, stayed on under pressure, 4th of 8, 15l behind Marina Ballerina (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3f (5) fbs in Jan.