CRIMSON FERN, in excellent form in the early part of last season, can return to winning form, at the expense of Cake and Osiris Way. Cake is only 3lbs higher than when scoring over the course and distance last time. That was his first win for almost two years and he took advantage of a declining handicap mark. He is in good heart and looks sure to go well. Osiris Way won three times last year, including on his seasonal re-appearance, but though he finished the campaign in winning form, he has gone up the weights and may find others a little sharper. Crimson Fern began her winning run here last year, and comes to hand at this time of the season. She won four races all told this year, and showed real signs of her best form when just edged out in a Listed contest last time. The winner has since been placed in similar company, and Crimson Fern's handicap mark now looks a winning one.
Judge 'n Jury 28-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 8l behind Amour Propre (8-7) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Rowe Park 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, ridden halfway, stayed on, not reach leaders, 6th of 16, 6l behind Amour Propre (8-7) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Osiris Way 3-1fav (9-0) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out final furlong, won at Bath 5f hcap (3) gd in Oct beating Secret Asset (9-2) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Silver Guest 6-1 (9-1) Raced keenly mid-division, lost place approaching 2f out, switched inside, hampered and stumbled 1f out, recovered and ran on towards finish, unlucky, 4th of 10, 4l behind Paco Boy (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Mar '08.
Cake (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, kept on, driven out, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Little Pete (9-3) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Little Edward 12-1 (9-2) Pulled very hard, close up, effort 2f out, not quicken and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Mullein (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Crimson Fern (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Towards rear, not clear run from over 1f out, switched both ways and ran on, just failed, 2nd of 16, ns behind Look Busy (9-0) at Bath 5f fll lst stks (1) gd in Apr.
Safari Mischief 15-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (3) pol in Oct beating Vintage (8-7) by nk, 11 ran.
Little Pete (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Chased leaders, struggling and lost place over 2f out, ran on again final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Cake (9-4) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Piscean (USA) 3-1fav (9-2) Held up in touch, switched left 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Arganil (9-3) at Great Leighs 5f hcp (4) pol in Oct.