Pivotal Flame went close here the last time she raced over 1m4f and Dolphin Village finished in front of Vanity Vanity when going close over the same distance here last month. Attain is back on a winning mark and posted a better effort at the track last time. The veteran is preferred to stablemate Rare but a chance is taken on one of the handicap newcomers. Galitello will likely last home on his first start since October but QUEEN OF PARIS also has a middle-distance pedigree and the half-sister to a Grade 1 winner in Australia gets the vote having shown a big improvement here last moth despite running into trouble on more than one occasion.
Middlescence (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 19 1/4l behind Glan Y Gors (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Attain 8-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Narjes (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Rare (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Raced wide led 3f, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 4f out, tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Country'n'western (9-2) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (5) pol in Dec.
Queen Of Paris 20-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Twist (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (5) pol in Dec.
Carvelas (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) In rear, ridden over 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 13l behind Geordielad (8-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Pivotal Flame (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Towards rear, wide and headway over 2f out, soon close up, ridden and weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Narjes (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Galitello 7-2 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Beer With The Boys (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in Oct.
Vanity Vanity (USA) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Millie May (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Dolphin Village (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Keen held up, ridden 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 13, 3 3/4l behind Taurean Dancer (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Petra's Pony (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 10 1/4l behind Caspar The Cub (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.