Both First Beauty and Illysantachristina reappear after a few months off but Tweedledrum finished third at Fontwell earlier this month, though is still a maiden. Synthe Davis is back on a fair mark and wasn't beaten far at Kempton last time but Countess Comet looks less favourably treated and, after 15 runs over hurdles, Seedless may not have much further improvement remaining. JOSH'S DREAMWAY landed a gamble at Exeter on her penultimate start and again attracted market support in a Listed handicap at Newbury last month, despite racing from 7lb out of the handicap. Off her correct mark today, she can recoup losses.
Synthe Davis (FR) 25-1 (9-11) Prominent, led after 4th, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 7l behind Bear's Affair (10-13) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Mar.
First Beauty (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Led before 2nd, ridden and headed before last, no extra, 9th of 14, 20l behind Carutomark (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Oct.
Countess Comet (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, took keen hold, jumped left and not fluent 4th, ridden when jumped left 3 out, soon beaten, 6th of 10, 29l behind Speed Steed (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Seedless 7-1 (11-7) Held up, headway approaching 2 out, never on terms with leaders, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 19l behind Malin Bay (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Tweedledrum 85-40fav (11-0) Prominent until lost place and towards rear 3rd, stayed on from 2 out, ridden and kept on to 3rd last, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Ninfea (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Illysantachristina 2-1fav (11-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along in rear from 4 out, soon outpaced, kept on from 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Ananda Kanda (11-0) at Ludlow 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) gs in Dec.
Josh's Dreamway (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, lost place 6th, weakened 2 out, 8th of 14, 14l behind Tante Sissi (10-9) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gd in Mar.
Shropshirelass 10-1 (11-7) In touch in last pair, hit 1st, weakened quickly before 8th and pulled up, in a race won by Homer Run (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 6 ran.
Shipboard Romance (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Held up behind, headway 9th, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, never reached leaders, 5th of 10, 26l behind Like Ice (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.