Sail Home won this last year and bids for a repeat off a 5lb lower mark. Throw an apprentice's 7lb allowance into the mix and Julia Feilden's mare looks to have leading claims. Dazzling Valentine posted a better effort here last time but the usually reliable Neige D' antan had an off-day on her latest start at the track. Bondi Mist has something to prove off her current mark but Stylistickhill is not without a chance in this company. Wolverhampton maiden winner OGARITMO is lightly-raced and fancied to improve this year. With last month's first outing since July under her belt, she gets the speculative vote in the closer.
Dazzling Valentine 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, rallied on inside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Understory (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ogaritmo 4-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear on inside, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 6th of 9, 4l behind Destiny Of Dreams (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Neige D'antan 9-4fav (9-2) Raced wide held up, pushed along and dropped to rear 4f out, beaten 2f out, 6th of 7, 8l behind Norfolk Sky (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Bondi Mist (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, went 2nd 3f out, ridden over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, rallied to well held 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Pandorica (8-13) at Chepstow 1m 2f app sell stks (6) sft in Aug.
Stylistickhill (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 3rd inside final 100 yards, no impression, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Strike Force (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sail Home 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Hepworth (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Jan.
Tartaria 14-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 3f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 14l behind Desert Sage (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo fll stks (5) gd in Jun '10.
Elsie Bay 6-1 (8-1) Held up disputing 5th, went 4th 7f out, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, soon no chance, 5th of 7, 11l behind Honour (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.