slowly into stride, held up, switched right just inside 2f out, bumped, not much room and switched right over 1f out, ran on, went 2nd well inside final furlong, not able to quite reach winner (promoted to first after stewards' inquiry)
A modest finale in which question marks hang over the majority. Dad's Girl won on fast ground at Musselburgh last August but lacks a recent run, though isn't on her own in that respect. Mountain Man hasn't raced since July while the maiden Compton River was last seen in November. THE WISPE also makes her seasonal reappearance but her last run was in a Class 3 contest on soft going over an extra furlong and is easy to ignore. She'd won nicely in more suitable conditions at Musselburgh previously and could be up to landing this as Star Fire was behind Somedaysrdiamonds at Wolverhampton in November, though the winner saves her best for the all-weather and has an inexperienced apprentice on board for her reappearance. Robin Hill was well beaten in a seller earlier this month.
Dad's Girl 12-1 (8-9) Led near side trio, never on terms with main group, headed in group halfway until inside final furlong, never any chance, 9th of 13, 6l behind Charlie Lad (8-8) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
The Wispe 20-1 (7-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 14l behind Miami Carousel (8-5) at York 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Compton River 5-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 14l behind Spirit of Zeb (9-5) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Somedaysrdiamonds 25-1 (8-9) Led, pushed along halfway, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 7l behind Portamento (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (2) in Dec.
Mountain Man 33-1 (8-6) Soon off the pace in last trio, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, kept on into 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Kylach Me If U Can (8-9) at Catterick 7f 2yo hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Star Fire 5-4fav (8-8) Keen, towards rear, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, no impression towards finish, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Somedaysrdiamonds (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) in Nov.
Robin Hill 7-2 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 8l behind Spirit Of Rosanna (8-9) at Leicester 6f 3yo sll (6) gs.