Billy Wedge had The Retriever back in third when winning over track and trip in October but has looked high enough in the weights since. Lucky Violet never threatened when runner-up in an even lower grade than this here last time while Bobby Joe Leg’s earlier placed effort at Wolverhampton came in a weak classified event. SIENA MIA has yet to threaten in handicaps but went close in novice company at Wolverhampton the last time she raced over today’s trip and gets a speculative vote to come good today having more scope than most of these.
Pinarella (FR) 10-1 (9-0) In touch, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Summer Daydream (9-10) at Newcastle 6f hcp fll (5) pol in Nov.
Strawberryandcream 10-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, never a factor, 10th of 12, 8 1/4l behind Summer Daydream (9-10) at Newcastle 6f hcp fll (5) pol in Nov.
Siena Mia 28-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 5 1/2l behind Wasntexpectingthat (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Kodiac Lass (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up, headway over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 9 1/4l behind Dutch Story (9-1) at Yarmouth 7f hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Avenue Of Stars 9-1 (9-6) Behind, driven over 1f out, ridden and stayed inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 11, 3l behind Sepahi (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Billy Wedge 11-2 (9-2) Held up, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never a threat, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Herringswell (9-4) at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Amelia R (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Mid-division, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Jeffrey Harris (9-2) at Newcastle 5f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
With Approval (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) In touch, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 11 1/4l behind Steal The Scene (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Bobby Joe Leg 9-1 (9-4) Dwelt took keen hold, tracked leaders 6f out, pushed along 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 5 1/4l behind Steal The Scene (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Tarnhelm 33-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 3 3/4l behind Proceeding (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Lucky Violet (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up, pushed along and headway over 1f out, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Rivas Rob Roy (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp (7) pol in Nov.
Amood (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Dwelt in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 5 3/4l behind Rivas Rob Roy (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp (7) pol in Nov.
Darwina 100-1 (9-0) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 20 1/2l behind Vive La Difference (9-7) at Newcastle 1m stks (5) pol in Dec.
The Retriever (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden to lead 2f out, soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Motahassen (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.