MY GIRL MAGGIE missed out on a hat-trick of course wins when going close over 1m4f last week. She won over today’s trip before that and gets another chance. Combine can do better back on the Tapeta having been upped in class at Lingfield last time but Battle Of Marathon has gone off the boil since scoring at Chelmsford in November. Sharp Suited returns to the Flat having won a novices race at Newcastle while Juriste finished closer in a maiden race here recently but Chocolate Box has been off the track for nearly two years.
Battle Of Marathon (USA) 150-1 (9-5) Always in rear, last of 9, 26 1/4l behind Mildenberger (9-5) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f stks (2) pol in Jan.
My Girl Maggie 9-4 (9-9) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Horn Of Plenty (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Chocolate Box (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Led after 4f, ridden over 2f out, soon headed, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Moon of Baroda (9-0) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Combine (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Keen in touch in rear, pushed along 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Cardano (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Sharp Suited 9-1 (11-4) Towards rear of midfield, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on without troubling leaders final furlong, 4th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Wise Eagle (10-7) at Newcastle 2m (4) pol in Jan.
Stamford Raffles 15-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, always behind, 6th of 8, 25 1/2l behind Dark Pine (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Juriste (IRE) 250-1 (10-0) Dwelt in rear, pushed along 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Wallem (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.