It's difficult to have much confidence in any of these. Black Truffle is usually in the mix without actually winning and finished just ahead of Frans Hals at Kempton last time. Devout is another threatening to lose her maiden tag but is creeping up the weights while selling stakes winner Schottische was well beaten back in a handicap last time. DUBAI APPLAUSE has some improving to do on her handicap debut but should appreciate today's extra furlong and Charlie Hills' filly gets a tentative vote.
Exit Clause 25-1 (8-13) Started slowly, outpaced and never on terms, last of 7, 9l behind Malaysian Boleh (9-7) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Schottische 10-1 (9-7) Raced wide towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Derwentwater (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Dubai Applause 8-1 (8-9) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, outpaced by winner over 1f out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Hard Walnut (8-9) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Spreading 20-1 (9-0) Soon chased leader, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Malaysian Boleh (9-7) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Devout 4-1 (9-5) Broke smartly, led early, tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Hannahs Turn (8-11) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Frans Hals 7-1 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Chelsea Grey (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Black Truffle 3-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Chelsea Grey (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Actonetaketwo 50-1 (8-12) In rear, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Chelsea Grey (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.