Wonderfillo has placed in three of four starts to date but hasn’t raced since July and Pure Shores is weighted to come out best of that pair having placed at Kempton last time. But MIDDLE CREEK is less exposed than both of the above, despite having come up short when sent off favourite at Newcastle on her debut. The Gosden filly should finish closer with normal progress and is also preferred to the newcomer Crumblecreek.
Motley Crew 66-1 (10-12) Always in rear, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next, at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Sutoor (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Led after 2f, headed over 7f out, with leader, lost place 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, tailed off, last of 10, dist behind Soghan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Wonderfillo (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, left in lead over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Balestra (9-5) at Bath 1m mdn stks (4) fm in Jul.
Crumblecreek (IRE) Sir Prancealot filly out of Larkfield Empress.
Middle Creek 6-4fav (9-0) Soon in touch, closed over 4f out, ridden 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Ambrosia (9-0) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Pure Shores 4-1 (9-0) Led, clear 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 6 1/4l behind Humbert (9-5) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.