This looks a great deal more competitive than the races Barton Rose has won at Plumpton and Southwell lately. Iron Butterfly beat Queen Spud at Doncaster last time but there shouldn't be much between the pair on today's revised terms. Miss Lucky Penny's recent second here puts her in the picture and Weather Babe is no forlorn hope, despite top weight, while Polly Peachum won a Listed handicap at Ascot just under a year ago and will be helped by Nico De Boinville's claim. DANCINGTILMIDNIGHT was a well-backed favourite on her reappearance over 3m at Ludlow but weakened quickly and was pulled up. She is a lot better that that and is worth another chance in an open race in which Woodland Walk is also worth a second look.
Weather Babe 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and weakened before last, 10th of 14, 23l behind Bob Tucker (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Polly Peachum (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Raced wide, ran in snatches in mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, weakened between last 2, left modest 5th and hit last, 5th of 12, 17l behind Bygones Sovereign (10-8) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
A Shade Of Bay 15-2 (11-2) Last pair, pushed along after 3rd, never on terms, tailed off when went left last, 5th of 7, 24l behind Midnight Belle (11-6) at Exeter 2m 3f (3) sft in Feb.
Dancingtilmidnight 13-8fav (11-11) In touch, outpaced on outside after 4 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Midnight Cataria (11-10) at Ludlow 3m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb, 10 ran.
Woodland Walk 25-1 (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Tagrita (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 4f mares listed nov hdl (1) hvy in Feb.
Barton Rose 4-5fav (12-2) In rear, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Alaccordion (10-13) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Iron Butterfly 7-1 (11-7) Took keen hold and held up in last pair, headway on inside
Lady Kathleen 12-1 (9-9) Pressed leader, chased new leader 6th, hit next, ridden before 4 out, weakened before next, soon tailed off, pulled up before 2 out,in a race won by Mickie (11-5) at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Dreams And Songs 7-1 (10-12) Towards rear, mistake 8th, some headway in modest 5th before 2 out, weakening when mistake last, 8th of 14, 41l behind Mayfair Music (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Queen Spud 11-8fav (10-0) Led, headed briefly after 3rd, headed 3 out, every chance 2 out, upsides winner last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Chasse En Mer (10-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Miss Lucky Penny 10-1 (10-6) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 2nd or 7th, headway 8th, edged left after 2 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on, not able to challenge winner, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Wily Fox (11-9) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.