very slowly away, in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong
tracked leader, led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish
held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish
led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and no extra inside final furlong
tracked leaders, ridden and every chance inside final furlong weakened towards finish
held up in touch, ridden and weakened inside final furlong
This lucrative prize has attracted a potential all-weather star in ABSOLUTE BLAST. Iain Jardine's import from France went up a massive 12lb for her victory here earlier this month but it made no difference as she was very impressive at Kempton. She's up another 8lb but looks a pattern-race performer in the making. Carolinae scored at Lingfield in November and may have been unlucky in-running in both subsequent starts. She looks capable of better and may prove the main threat. Summer Icon won a Newmarket maiden in the summer and has returned to action in very good form on the all-weather, staying on very strongly to score over 7f at Lingfield. Gleaming Girl won a very strong handicap over the track and trip and didn't appear to be at her best at Kempton last time but Coillte Cailin looks a couple of pounds high.
Absolute Blast (IRE) 8-11fav (9-7) Held up, closed going well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, quickened clear, easily, won at Kempton 1m hcp fll (3) pol in Jan beating Bint Dandy (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Summer Icon 3-1fav (9-7) Held up in touch, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp fll (3) pol in Jan beating Russian Radiance (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Carolinae 6-5fav (8-10) Held up, towards rear, headway over 1f out, challenging when badly hampered by winner just inside final furlong, rallied and ran on close home, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Daisy Bere (8-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp fll (2) pol in Dec.
Hawatif (IRE) 66-1 (8-6) Raced wide, tracked leaders until pace increased over 5f out, close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind My Target (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Gleaming Girl 11-2 (8-11) Last to break, held up in rear, closed 2f out, soon ridden, edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Absolute Blast (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp fll (3) pol in Jan.
Lady Lydia (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, not much room well over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Absolute Blast (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp fll (3) pol in Jan.
Coillte Cailin (IRE) 6-4fav (8-13) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, last of 5, 1 3/4l behind Winterlude (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (2) pol in Jan.