It could pay to stick with PINK LIPS in this modest contest. She's gone close on her last three outings and the handicapper has given her chance by leaving her on the same mark as when third at Nottingham last time. Bethan has posted her best efforts on the Fibresand at Southwell so far but Shirataki showed signs of a revival when third at Bath having won off an 11lb higher mark last season. Booktheband looks best of the remainder though he's yet to win a race.
Pink Lips 4-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Ferryview Place (7-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Bethan 7-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Corn Maiden (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Black Iceman 8-1 (8-13) In touch, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Liberty Love (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr '12.
Shirataki (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Made most, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd soon after, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Captain Oats (8-12) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Helamis 16-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, led, pushed along over 3f out, headed well over 2f out, weakened 2f out, eased over 1f out, 7th of 9, 23l behind Capriska (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Booktheband (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leader, led over 9f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased leaders, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Glennten (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Joyful Motive 6-1 (8-2) Pressed leader until 9f out, soon ridden along, outpaced over 4f out, rallied over 2f out, 4th of 12, 13l behind Katie Gale (9-3) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Poste Restante 10-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, ridden inside final 2f, plugged on inside final furlong, 7th and well held when eased close home, 7th of 13, 5l behind Glennten (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.