OCEAN COUNTESS should be winning one of these low grade handicaps soon and it could be today. She gets the token vote having finished a length behind My Best Man over C&D last time when today's rival Cairanne trailed in last. The latter has since shown her first worthwhile form when second at Wolverhampton, while last April's winner over a mile, Teen Ager, has a bit to find with the selection on November's comeback run. Emerald Royal is flattered by her latest form figure as she was beaten seven lengths when second at this track a week ago and Harvest Mist looks to have stronger claims.
Teen Ager (FR) 5-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 4l behind Trip Switch (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Ocean Countess (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon switched right, held up in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 1l behind My Best Man (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Harvest Mist (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Brave Decision (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Henry's Hero 40-1 (9-0) Led until over 3f out, soon lost place, 12th of 13, 45l behind Hurricane Hymnbook (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Sunset Boulevard (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, switched left over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 20l behind Mayan Flight (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
By Implication 66-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no headway, 12th of 13, 21l behind Prime Circle (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Gay Gallivanter 14-1 (8-12) Keen led, ridden and headed over 3f, weakened 2f out, last of 5, 35l behind Tappanappa (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol in Jan.
Five Cool Kats (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 19l behind Jackie Love (8-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Cairanne 16-1 (8-9) Steadied start, soon in mid-division racing keenly, not clear run well over 1f out, headway when gaps opened, ran on, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Look For Love (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Chandrayaan 40-1 (8-4) Chased leaders on outside, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 13l behind Shaunas Spirit (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Emerald Royal 20-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, good headway on inside approaching final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, took 2nd close home, never any chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Daniel Thomas (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Le Reveur 50-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden 3f out, not pace to challenge, 5th of 11, 5l behind Cwmni (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.