None of these can be easily dismissed in a tight handicap. Both Galician and Laffan have a shout with recent pipe-openers on the all-weather under their belts and the former did her winning in the early part of last season. Shesastar and Klynch are others to consider off their current marks and Hi There hails from last year's winning yard. Today's opposition is slightly tougher than Rasaman, Chokidar and Kingswinford are used to taking on, but VERSE OF LOVE is capable at this level. A winner at Wolverhampton in January, he ran above expectations when third behind higher rated rivals in a Listed race at the same track last time and is fancied to come out best on his return to the Turf.
Galician 15-2 (9-5) Chased leaders disputing 4th, pushed along halfway, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, went 4th close home, not pace of leading trio, 4th of 11, 3l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Laffan (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 8th of 12, 6l behind Strictly Silver (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Verse Of Love 18-1 (9-3) Led, headed 5f out, prominent, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Solar Deity (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol.
Shesastar 12-1 (9-1) Always in rear, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 34l behind Whimsical (9-0) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Klynch 25-1 (9-4) Close up, headway to press leaders 2f out, ridden to challenge winner inside final furlong when short of room, snatched up and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Aubrietia (9-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Hi There (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Dwelt in rear, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Fire Ship (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct.
Rasaman (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Kingscroft (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Chokidar (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Keen tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Al's Memory (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Kingswinford (IRE) 4-1 (8-3) Keen tracked leader, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Flavius Victor (8-10) at Lingfield 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.