An interesting maiden on paper with several unexposed sorts representing strong yards as well as a couple of interesting newcomers, from which we select ELATION to make a winning debut ahead of Zubova and Thistlestar. Mark Johnston's well bred daughter of Cape Cross has landed a fair draw in stall seven and with the stable continuing in fine form she should be capable of going close here. Six furlongs would appear to be the bare minimum for the filly but she should have enough speed to cope and get off to the perfect start under Greg Fairley. Zubova represents Richard Hannon and looks the strongest of those with form in the book having gained an official rating of 73 from her four starts. The last of those came over five furlongs where she was readily outpaced behind a couple of decent looking sorts but back at six today this well-related filly must go close to breaking her duck with Richard Hughes in the plate. Thistlestar has had just the one start to date, that effort coming over seven at Ayr back in September. Richard Fahey's filly was keen that day and struggled to get home and so today's drop down to six furlongs looks a good move and if Paul Hanagan can get her settled this time she can leave behind that pretty modest debut form. Caramelita is beginning to look exposed despite having run to a decent level of form so far and so a bigger threat may come from another newcomer Hanbelation who is bred to make a speedy two year old whilst Key Light should come on for her debut over course and distance. Not a bad maiden for the time of year and we'll take Elation to put a smile on the faces of her backers.
Avon Castle 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon outpaced, 8th of 9, 13l behind Memorandum (8-12) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Billie Jean 50-1 (8-12) Dwelt, raced centre, held up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 13l behind Asraab (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Caramelita 11-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Miss Zooter (9-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo fll mdn aut (6) gf in Oct.
Elation (IRE) Cape Cross filly out of Attraction.
Hanbelation (USA) Malibu Moon filly out of Baldellia.
Key Light (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 7l behind Forest Crown (8-12) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Singingintherain (IRE) Kyllachy filly out of Comeraincomeshine.
Sweet Avon Avonbridge filly out of Sweet Whisper.
Thistlestar (USA) 4-1 (8-12) Led early, raced keen, chased winner until no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Unshakable Will (9-3) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Wannabee (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) In touch to halfway, soon ridden and behind, last of 10, 23l behind Carnaby Street (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Oct.
Zubova 5-4fav (8-12) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, soon hung left and bumped over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Sakile (8-12) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Spirit Of Normandy 66-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, green and always in rear, 9th of 10, 21l behind Hypnotized (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol.