There is little between GLORIOUS LADY and Aurora Thunder on these terms having both placed in handicaps on their latest outings. But the former came out best when they last met here in September and it could be the same outcome today. Maid O'malley finished runner-up at Perth back in September and has yet to encounter ground this soft while Blossoming Forth finished closer at Wetherby on her hurdling bow and can also figure. Racks Cross won a point-to-point back in May and debuts under rules.
Aurora Thunder 5-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, every chance next, led before 2 out, headed last, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Jessiemac (10-3) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Glorious Lady (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Went to post early, led, went clear before 2 out, ridden between last 2, narrowly headed run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Kingrullah (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Blossoming Forth (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Led, went clear before 3 out, edged left soon after, headed last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Oscar Robertson (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) sft in Nov.
Bright Side Oflife (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) With leader, led over 4f out, headed over 1f out, gradually weakened, 4th of 9, 12 1/4l behind Shantewe (11-7) at Hexham 2m (5) gd in May.
Danced Every Dance (IRE) 80-1 (10-5) Towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 17, dist behind Glenduff (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f (4) gs in Nov.
Fair Minx 20-1 (10-12) Close up, hit 3rd, mistake and lost place 4 out, 7th of 10, dist behind Aurora Thunder (10-12) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Maid O'malley 10-1 (10-12) Chased leading pair, close 2nd after 4 out, led approaching 2 out until where mistake, soon ridden and headed, chased winner, one pace from last, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Queen's Magic (11-4) at Perth 2m 4f (4) gs in Sep.
Picking Peaches (IRE) Shantou filly out of Detonante.
Raddle And Hum (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 13, dist behind Ribble Valley (11-4) at Wetherby 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Our Promise 18-1 (10-12) Led until halfway, soon rallied, lost place well over 2f out, 6th of 9, 14 1/4l behind She's A Rocca (10-12) at Ayr 2m (5) hvy in Nov.
Racks Cross (IRE) 4-5 (11-11) Ld & disp frm 3rd, jw, ld with sl adv aftr 4out, went 4l clr gng best bef 2out, sn further clr, sow, won at Bartlemy 3m mdn gd in May beating Cobra Angel (11-11) by 8l, 9 ran.