Joanne One steps up in class as she tries to complete her hat-trick, though doesn't look badly treated. POLLY PEACHUM was racing from out of the handicap when causing a surprise in a mares' Listed handicap at Kempton in April so a 5lb rise in the weights shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience and she's unlikely to fail through lack of a recent run. She's preferred to recent Kempton second Alberobello and Andy Kelly, who has gone up a further 3lb since finishing fourth at Newbury. Bygones Sovereign has been dropped a pound since his second at Wincanton, however, and should be winning again soon while Valid Reason has each-way claims, as has recent Wincanton scorer Rior.
Whisky Yankee (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Like Minded (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Azure Fly (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Not much room after 4 out, always behind, 14th of 17, 27l behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Valid Reason 20-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, weakened before last, 11th of 21, 29l behind Mickie (11-3) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Andy Kelly (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Edgy before start, pushed along after 3 out, every chance 2 out, one pace into 4th approaching last, 4th of 14, 7l behind Swinging Hawk (10-13) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Kilmurvy (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 5th of 21, 11l behind Mickie (11-3) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Sinbad The Sailor 25-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, weakened flat, 9th of 20, 13l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Joanne One (IRE) 4-5fav (11-2) Slightly reluctant to line up, headway to track leader 2nd, led 4th, clear 2 out, not fluent last, easily, won at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Ruby Glow (10-10) by 9l, 12 ran.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 21, 22l behind Mickie (11-3) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Polly Peachum (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, steady headway 3 out, went 3rd on outside 2 oiut, chased leader soon after, led approaching last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Kempton 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Apr beating Call Me A Star (11-10) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Alberobello (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, led narrowly after 2nd, headed 2 out, soon ridden, chased winner, kept on same pace and no impression from last, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, outpaced after 3 out, never on terms, weakened next, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Midnight Belle (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f (3) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Keltic Rhythm (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along before 2 out, driven in 3rd between last 2, 3rd and held when went left and pecked last, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Rior (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hcp hdl (0-115) (4) gd.
Bygones Sovereign (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed before next, stayed on same pace after, left 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Carrigmorna King (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Rior (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Raced on inner throughout, held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, tracking leaders before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, challenged last, led narrowly flat, stayed on gamely, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hcp hdl (0-115) (4) gd beating Lumpys Gold (11-7) by 3/4l, 10 ran.