It's difficult to make a strong case for any of these. Whipphound will pop up in this grade before long if he continues to slide down the weights and Ryedale Dancer has been thereabouts in similar company of late. JONNIE SKULL is 3lb higher than when scoring at Lingfield last month but he gets the token vote as he's scored off higher marks in the past. Artful Lady has been well beaten since November's victory at Wolverhampton and Slatey Hen finished ahead of Rightcar and Fantasy Fighter when third over 5f here last time.
Whipphound 4-1 (9-3) Held up behind, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, went 3rd post, never reached leaders, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Ivestar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ryedale Dancer (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, stayed on well inside final furlong, went 4th near finish, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind M J Woodward (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, kept on under presssure inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Monumental Man (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sherjawy (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Chased leading pair, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd briefly inside final furlong, dropped to 4th towards finish, 4th of 8, 5l behind Monumental Man (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sextons House (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th in closing stages, not pace to challenge, 4th of 11, 3l behind Vitznau (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Artful Lady (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 7l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Lingfield 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Beach Candy (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 5l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Rightcar 10-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Dingaan (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Teen Ager (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Flying Kitty 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Temuco (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.