Marmalady now looks on a high enough mark having landed a hat-trick at the end of last season but still finished ahead of Secret Missile at Windsor last month. Desert Strike remains in fine form and drops back in trip as he bids to land a treble while Royal Acquisition and Pucon finished second here on their latest starts. The latter had earlier finished behind OH SO SASSY over track and trip in October. Chris Wall's filly defied a 13lb rise in the weights on that occasion and gets the vote to go in again on her reappearance given her progressive profile.
Oh So Sassy 7-2 (9-6) Prominent, went 3rd over 2f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, just held on close home, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Desert Command (9-7) by shd, 10 ran.
Marmalady (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders stands side, headway to lead narrowly 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, just held on for 3rd near finish, 3rd of 18, 4l behind Intrinsic (9-7) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Secret Missile 4-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, driven and headway entering final furlong, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Hamoody (8-12) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Desert Strike 4-1fav (9-7) Made all, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Seek The Fair Land (9-6) by 1l, 9 ran.
Tidal's Baby 16-1 (9-2) Held up, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 9l behind Links Drive Lady (9-6) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Jungle Bay 20-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 13, 9l behind Mutafaakir (8-11) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Royal Acquisition 20-1 (8-10) Led and soon 3 lengths clear, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 6, hd behind Sandfrankskipsgo (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Howyadoingnotsobad (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Made most until ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 5l behind Diamondhead (9-7) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Pucon 6-1 (9-4) Led, ridden inside final furlong, ran on, headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Clock Opera (8-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ask The Guru 20-1 (8-8) Chased leaders over 3f, 8th of 11, 6l behind Pal Of The Cat (8-10) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.