TONI’S A STAR failed to see out the 6f at Wolverhampton last time but had landed a double at the same track over today’s minimum trip before that - she gets another chance in this. Sir Walter left his previous form behind when going close at Southwell last week and stablemate Spirit Power has slipped down the weights since joining Eric Alston in November. Knockout Blow’s recent third at Lingfield came over 6f but Dandilion is not badly treated and has undergone wind surgery since last seen in action in September.
Knockout Blow 20-1 (9-2) Raced wide headway to track leader over 4f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Deeds Not Words (9-0) at Lingfield 6f stks (6) pol in Jan.
Precious Plum 9-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 5 1/4l behind Burtonwood (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Toni's A Star 7-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 9th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Santafiora (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Dandilion (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Chased leaders over 3f, soon lost place, 6th of 10, 3 1/4l behind Red Alert (9-10) at Bath 6f hcp (2) fm in Sep.
Spirit Power 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division on outside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 3 3/4l behind Santafiora (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Ask The Guru 10-1 (9-0) Raced wide close up, ran wide into straight 2f out, not a factor after, 6th of 7, 6 1/2l behind Impart (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Sir Walter (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Gorgeous General (9-5) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Celerity (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Raced wide in mid-division, headway on outside halfway, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Captain Ryan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Awsaaf 40-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden halfway, never on terms, 7th of 9, 5 1/2l behind It's All A Joke (9-4) at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Swendab (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Reared start and well recovered, chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 18 1/4l behind Turanga Leela (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Dec.