Haylah went close at Bath last year and makes her handicap debut on her return while Kalagia won a novices’ contest at Hamilton last summer but hasn’t raced since August. The latter pair are both preferred to Faay but KATH’S LUSTRE also won a novice event at Chelmsford earlier in the year and, after placing at Kempton last time, Richard Hughes’ filly is taken to make the most of her fitness advantage and come out best. Flora Tristan was well beaten at Wolverhampton on her handicap debut and this looks more difficult.
Kath's Lustre 4-1 (9-7) Steadied and went left start, pulled furiously until switched right behind runners after start, switched left over 2f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Pak Choi (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Kalagia (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Behind until driven and stayed on into mid-division inside final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 17, 8 3/4l behind Demons Rock (9-2) at York 6f (2) gs in Aug.
Haylah (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Raced wide, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 8 3/4l behind Red Cymbal (9-2) at Chelmsford City 6f stks (5) pol in Nov.
Faay (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Flashed tail most of way, chased leaders, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 11, 11l behind Bye Bye Baby (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Sep.
Flora Tristan 9-1 (9-10) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 8 1/4l behind Wazin (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar.