Sugar Beet produced a terrific effort to separate higher-rated rivals when third in a Listed sprint at Bath last month but has paid the price with an 8lb rise. Soft ground may also be a problem for her, though it shouldn't inconvenience LUI REI as he finished a creditable third in testing ground at Newbury last time and is dropped in class today. He gets the nod in this given Steps is having his first start since beating fourth-placed Judge 'N Jury at Doncaster in October. Taurus Twins had Desert Phantom behind when third at Espom recently on a similar surface and looks a bigger threat.
Sugar Beet 25-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 75 yards, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Beyond Desire (9-0) at Bath 5f fll lst stks (1) gs in Apr.
Steps (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct beating Secret Witness (8-13) by nk, 20 ran.
Lui Rei (ITY) 9-1 (8-7) Slowly away, in rear, headway between horses when hit by rivals whip across head entering final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Mirza (8-7) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Desert Phantom (USA) 8-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 7th of 14, 6l behind Cadeaux Pearl (8-11) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Tagula Night (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 13, 15l behind Magical Macey (9-3) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Rowe Park 80-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 16, 11l behind Move In Time (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Oct.
Judge 'n Jury 18-1 (8-7) Led, ridden entering final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 4th of 20, 3/4l behind Steps (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Taurus Twins 14-1 (8-10) Led, ridden 1f out, soon headed, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Cadeaux Pearl (8-11) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.