KING OLAV had tumbled 18lb down the weights since the turn of the year and took advantage at Kempton last time. He sluiced up by six lengths and today's penalty is unlikely to prevent him following up on that evidence. Shirataki scored over track and trip before finding only one too good at Kempton and should be thereabouts along with Gabrial's Hope. The latter won at Wolverhampton last month and makes more appeal than Kittens, who also scored at Wolverhampton in October but is having her first start since.
King Olav (UAE) 5-1 (9-6) Soon led, made rest, clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Mount Abora (9-4) by 6l, 10 ran.
Shirataki (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, kept on and always held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Foxhaven (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Time To Dance 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders and keen, faded final furlong, 8th of 11, 10l behind Idol Deputy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Elegant Ophelia 2-1fav (9-6) Led early, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 18l behind Full Speed (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Kittens 7-2fav (9-3) Behind, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led closing stages, all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct beating Thecornishcockney (9-8) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 15-8fav (9-3) Led for about 1f, took keen hold, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr beating Iguacu (8-11) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Moment In The Sun 12-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, led for 2f, chased leader until 10f out, stayed in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Hallstatt (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Irons On Fire (USA) 3-1fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, 8th of 11, 14l behind Highly Likely (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.