Sofi's Spirit just edges it at the weights having landed a hat-trick this month that included defeats of both Proventi and Windforpower. A line through the latter also gives her the beating of Marmot Bay and she looks sure to go very close. HARDY RED has been running well in handicaps and takes a drop in class after a recent third at Kempton. That was his first run since September and he's fancied to improve enough to come out best in this. Copper Rag and Schottische are easily overlooked on what little they've shown so far.
Hardy Red (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Held up in rear and in touch in 4th, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Equitania (9-7) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Copper Rag 100-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, mid-division, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 20l behind Yarroom (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Proventi 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, never on terms, 8th of 12, 4l behind Katy Spirit (9-6) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Windforpower (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Dwelt, tracked winner until 1f out, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, 4th of 5, 1 1/4l behind Sofi's Spirit (8-7) at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol.
Marmot Bay (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Awkwardly away, in rear, driven 2f out, went 4th over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, just failed for 3rd, no impression, 4th of 5, 5l behind Ovett (9-7) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Sofi's Spirit (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Made all, pushed along over 1f out, soon ridden, just held on, won at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol beating Ishigunnaeatit (8-12) by shd, 5 ran.
Schottische 20-1 (8-6) Led, headed over 6f out, tracked leaders, reminders halfway, weakened 3f out, behind final 2f, last of 9, 25l behind Myzamour (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.