In a tight looking race SONG TO THE MOON is the percentage call. Trainer George Baker saddled a winner for these connections on Thursday night and after this easily landed a red hot race at Windsor when last seen the chances are the trainer will repeat the feat. Ann Duffield has also been sending out winners and her last time out success story Whispering Spirit did it well enough to suggest a follow-up under a revised mark. Ray Of Joy wasn't far off getting the two-timer off this mark in a race that has some strength to it so is in with claims while Qalahari is dangerously well-weighted and showed a spark of form when last out. A good looking race that can go to Song To The Moon.
Ray of Joy 25-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride and slightly hampered start, behind, switched left to outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong to press for 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Sutton Veny (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Qalahari (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Warning Song (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Whispering Spirit (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, soon ridden, hung left entering final furlong, kept on well, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct beating Darcey (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Requisite 16-1 (8-12) Went left start, held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Lowther (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Song To The Moon (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge head high and looked reluctant over 1f out, driven ahead inside final furlong, won going away, won at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct beating Ermyn Express (8-0) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Seasonal Cross 15-2 (9-6) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Cativo Cavallino (8-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Young Dottie 4-1 (8-13) Held up, headway on outer to track leaders over 3f out, ridden to press leader 2f out, soon every chance, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Ahlawy (9-9) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Valencha 9-4fav (9-5) Led early, soon taken back into mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Norman Orpen (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.