Shabora won her maiden at Wolverhampton before finishing third on her handicap debut here when Mr Red Clubs was second. The latter had earlier beaten BIBA DIVA at Kempton, but Jeremy Noseda's filly was having her first run for three months when sent off favourite on that occasion and is expected to make amends over today's longer trip. Rythmic has disappointed since landing her maiden at Doncaster in August and Wolverhampton dual winner Come On Blue Chip makes more appeal despite returning from a lay-off. Moderator is one to note as he won his debut over 7f at Kempton in December and will relish every yard of today's extra distance.
Shabora (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Soon led, hard driven and headed approaching final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Bronze Angel (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 8l behind Main Sequence (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Moderator 4-1 (9-3) Towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well on far side rail inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating Flamborough Breeze (8-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Rythmic 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, not much room 6f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind Misdemeanour (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Biba Diva (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Mr Red Clubs (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 11l behind Titus Star (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.