Coupe De Champagne included a course and distance success in last month’s double but has something to prove off her current mark judged on a recent effort at Lingfield. A couple of these arrive on the back of wins over a shorter trip here but Bodroy is upped in class and HOST makes more appeal having won with plenty in hand when giving the impression this extra distance will suit. Mirage Mac and Coul Queen are others upped in trip with the former preferred on last year’s winning form.
Coul Queen (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Held up, headway under pressure 2f out, plugged on in modest 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 10, 8 1/4l behind Zeyaadah (9-0) at Newmarket 1m lst fll stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Mirage Mac 7-1 (8-8) Led 3f, chased winner, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 4, 4 1/4l behind Albadri (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Coupe De Champagne (GER) 3-1 (9-5) Slightly hampered start, in touch in rear, ridden over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 5, 7l behind Symbolic Power (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Host (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Steadied start, held up in rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, soon led, hung left inside final furlong, ridden and ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (4) pol in Feb beating Mercurius Power (9-2) by 2l, 5 ran.
Bodroy (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, keen early, switched right over 1f out, hard ridden and ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (5) pol in Feb beating Roman Mist (9-1) by hd, 9 ran.