Despite showing signs of inexperience and being forced to take the scenic route, WILLOW BECK still managed to get up close home to land a 7f Wolverhampton maiden in November. She clearly has an engine and, with the big step up in distance a positive, should shrug off an absence to land this against largely exposed rivals. The hat-trick-seeking Hydrant looks the danger as he gets on well with 7lb claimer Connor Beasley, though Sweet Martoni was third when tackling this trip for the first time at Nottingham and should be thereabouts again. It's difficult seeing many of the others getting involved however.
Hydrant 17-2 (8-6) Made all, shaken up and clear entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun beating Saint Thomas (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Rubbamaa 10-1 (9-12) Held up rear of mid-division, headway under pressure 3f out, never reached leaders and eased when no chance inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 12l behind Spicy Dal (9-0) at Windsor 1m fll mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Strike Force 25-1 (10-11) Raced wide and always towards rear, 13th of 14, 15l behind Balmoral Castle (10-3) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Willow Beck 5-4 (8-12) Settled towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Nov beating Srinagar Girl (8-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Sweet Martoni 5-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Fast Pace (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun.
Two No Bids (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Keen held up, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 16l behind Tenor (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Land Hawk (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Cufflink (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in May.