Polish Crown went close when sent of favourite at Wolverhampton last time and is preferred to stablemate and handicap debutant Irish Dream. Lingfield winner Spithead may figure off his current mark on his reappearance but Princess In Exile steps up in trip for her return. Sakhees Romance is open to improvement but so is SILKELLY. She ended last season with victory over 6f at Thirsk and this extra furlong should suit as David O'Meara's filly goes handicapping for the first time.
Silkelly 25-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden entering final furlong, held on well, won at Thirsk 6f 2yo stks (5) gs in Sep beating Vicky Valentine (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Irish Dream 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, not much room and lost place inside final furlong, no extra, last of 6, 5l behind Elusive Gold (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo stks 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Polish Crown 3-1fav (9-5) Led clear 2f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, narrowly headed final 135 yards, one pace and held in closing stages, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Zero Game (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol.
Spithead 14-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind Corton Lad (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Princess In Exile 12-1 (9-5) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Sandsend (8-11) at Newcastle 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Fife Jo 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, riddeen over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 12l behind Danat Al Atheer (9-5) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Sakhees Romance 9-1 (8-12) Led 1f, pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 9, 12l behind Ready (9-3) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft in Oct.
Lucy Minaj 20-1 (8-11) Pulled hard, held up in touch, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Ouzinkie (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Bix (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Prominent, led over 8f out, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 9l behind Sleepy Haven (8-9) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd.