General Feeling did it nicely last time but THE WILY WOODCOCK may improve for first-time blinkers and he gets the vote over Bavarica and Bookiebasher Babe. Backing a 16-race maiden is not always the way to riches, but Gary Moore's charge has shown enough recently to suggest that he can pick up a race sooner rather than later. He was very well supported last time and it is hoped that the headgear will spark him into action this afternoon. Bavarica carries top-weight but she is ultra consistent and is unlikely to be far away for Amy Baker who knows her well (although yet to win on her!). Maybe I Wont has won here before and is better than he showed last time, however his runs have come over sprint trips and stamina is yet to prove for this distance. Onenightinlisbon is starting to look well-handicapped, Bookiebasher Babe ran well in a stronger race last time, whilst Melt is winless in 12 but has another crack at a mile this afternoon. General Feeling was a ready winner last time out and runs this course well; he must rate as the main danger but a 4lb rise in the weights puts him on a career high mark and so we will take him on with The Wily Woodcock.
Bavarica 6-1 (8-9) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, good headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly to take 3rd inside final furlong, gaining final strides, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Can Can Star (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
General Feeling (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, took keen held and held up in rear, still plenty to do over 2f out, effort on inside over 1f out, soon challenging, pushed along to lead final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Nikki Bea (8-10).
Bookiebasher Babe (IRE) 7-2 (8-6) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, driven and no extra final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Mozayada (9-4) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (4) fbs.
Onenightinlisbon (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Pressed leader to 4f out, slightly hampered and checked over 3f out, stayed in touch until weakened from 2f out, last of 7, 8l behind Aphrodisia (9-6) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (5) pol.
Haasem (USA) 7-1 (9-2) Towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Marmooq (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Johnny Friendly 4-1 (9-1) Soon led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 14, 14l behind Lawton (9-2) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Sept.
Sir Ike (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Held up last, ridden and outpaced final 2f, never a factor, last of 6, 5l behind Mutamared (9-4) at Lingfield 7f clm (6) pol.
The Wily Woodcock 6-4fav (9-5) Raced keenly, set moderate pace, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, last of 4, 7l behind Rambling Dancer (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Dec.
Maybe I Wont 20-1 (8-9) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 8l behind Billy Red (8-8) at Great Leighs 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Always behind, 11th of 12, 24l behind Stand In Flames (10-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Melt (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Tracked winner, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon outpaced by winner, lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Royal Manor (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Mountain Pass (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, stayed on from over 1f out, 4th of 12, 3/4l behind King of Legend (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.