RED YARN has shown enough to take a race of this nature and is preferred to Great Intrigue and Ginger Grey. Gary Moore's Lucky Story filly has shaped well in three maidens this winter. A mark of 67 looks about right and with George Baker taking over in the saddle a bold bid is expected. Also making his handicap debut today is Great Intrigue. He hasn't been seen since finishing fifth in a fair Newmarket maiden but is probably capable of more than we have seen. Ginger Grey has fitness on his side; he won nicely at Lingfield last time out and may be a different proposition having now got his head in-front. Volatilis put in a better performance at Lingfield last time out but he may need to drop another couple of pounds, whilst Layla's Lad completes the field. David Simcock's colt goes without the blinkers sported last time out and the worry would have to be that he isn't straightforward. An open finale, where Red Yarn is selected.
Great Intrigue (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Rum King (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Oct.
Ginger Grey (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) In touch, improved over 1f out, led inside final fulong, readily, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol beating Jodawes (8-10) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Red Yarn 3-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to take 2nd final 100 yards and kept on, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Kinky Afro (8-4) at Lingfield 7f Maiden Fillies Stakes (3-5yo) (6) pol in Jan.
Volatilis (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up, pushed along halfway, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (9-4) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Layla's Lad (USA) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly away, soon driven along in rear, kept on inside final furlong, never in race, 7th of 10, 4l behind Private Olley (8-9) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.