Catbells is less than straightforward but today's claimer rode her to victory last week and she has a chance of following up in her current mood. Dilys Maud and Adoyen Spice arrive in good form and are worthy of consideration, but it was only an amateurs race that Where's Susie won back in November and she'll find this tougher. AFFINITY returns from a two month break after running below par at Southwell. She won over 1m4f at Wolverhampton earlier and, open to further improvement here, James Given's filly could prove the one to beat.
Where's Susie 5-1 (9-10) Raced wide held up, pushed along 4f out, headway 3f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 6l behind Cozy Tiger (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Catbells (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Blindfold removed late and slowly away, headway 6f out, led over 3f out, ridden clear over 2f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Princess Lexi (8-8) by 6l, 6 ran.
Norse Dame 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 11l behind Wild Rose (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.
Affinity 11-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, one pace from 2f out, 5th of 9, 14l behind Kingaroo (8-5) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
It's Dubai Dolly 16-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Luck Of The Draw (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Adoyen Spice 12-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, under pressure 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 3rd of 10, hd behind Mighty Clarets (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Dilys Maud 10-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, shd behind Ice Road Trucker (8-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Ocean Countess (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Slowly away in rear and pushed along, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 8th of 12, 8l behind Wavertree Warrior (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Josephine Malines 5-1 (8-4) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 9, 6l behind James Pollard (8-10) at Ffos Las 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Suhailah 14-1 (9-3) Held up in touch on outer, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 4th of 13, 2l behind Carter (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
My Sister 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 1f out, took 3rd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Justcallmehandsome (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.