Star Lahib was a winning favourite at Chester a fortnight ago on her first start over 1m4f but CHRISTMAS LIGHT is just preferred over today's shorter trip. The latter scored at York last Saturday and can effectively race off a lower mark today with an apprentice's allowance taken into account. Brian Ellison's charge has already beaten Act Your Shoe Size and Lady Macduff and a hat-trick looks on the cards given Maven isn't getting any respite from the handicapper after a string of placed efforts.
Star Lahib (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Took keen hold early, held up in 4th and off the pace, headway on inside 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Chester 1m 4f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd beating Pandorica (7-11) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Maven 8-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Sam Sharp (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Christmas Light 8-1 (9-2) Very slowly away, in rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Robert The Painter (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 19 ran.
Act Your Shoe Size 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 16th of 19, 25l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Lady Macduff (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Mubtadi (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol.