INNER DRIVE made a promising start at Wincanton when second to Zulu Oscar. The latter boosted the form when following up in one of these contests and Alan King's charge is preferred to Agha Des Mottes. A winner of a bumper over 1m4f in the French provinces, the latter's form is hard to assess, though she is partnered by the champion jockey for her debut in this country. Vodka 'N Tonic finished closer in a standard bumper over track and trip in November and is another to consider, while Misirlou hails from the family of the useful Oh Crick and could prove best of the newcomers.
Capel Le Ferne (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) In touch, lost place over 3f out, last of 13, 42l behind Jolly's Cracked It (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Family Motto Tobougg gelding out of Be My Mot.
Gartan Boy Denounce gelding out of Killmacrennan Lady.
Inner Drive (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Mid-division on outside, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Zulu Oscar (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Vodka 'n Tonic (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, not clear run briefly over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 1/4l behind Prouts Pub (11-0) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Nov.
Agha Des Mottes (FR) (10-1) won at Le Mans(FR) 1m 3f 3yo stk sft in Dec beating Apy Twig (10-2) by 5l, 12 ran (flat).
Misirlou (FR) Limnos gelding out of Other Salsa.