First Experience was well beaten on her debut at Warwick but has since won three of her five starts on Polytrack including her latest outing at Lingfield. She's not easily dismissed but the less exposed TEA LEAF is preferred. The latter made a winning start on the all-weather in August and an apprentice takes 7lb off her back as she goes handicapping for the first time. False Witness will be winning soon judged on his recent second at Redcar while Lady In Blue posted a better effort at Wolverhampton last time. Injaz and Margrets Gift are other lightly-raced types to keep an eye on.
Tea Leaf (IRE) 3-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway 2f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug beating Officer Drivel (8-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
First Experience 10-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar beating Chantrea (9-2) by hd, 5 ran.
Lorimer's Lot (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Blockade (9-7) at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
False Witness (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Elusive George (9-2) at Redcar 6f app mdn stks (6) gs.
Lady In Blue 20-1 (8-13) Chased leader, ridden entering final furlong, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Crisis Averted (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Margrets Gift 4-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Argot (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Sartori 5-1 (9-2) Tracked winner, challenged over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Heroique (9-4) at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Oct.
Native Falls (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Close up, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 20l behind Firecruise (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Injaz 11-4fav (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on wide outside halfway, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 9, 8l behind Chookie's Lass (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Secret Kode (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, effort over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 6l behind You're Fired (9-1) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Two Shades Of Grey (IRE) 10-3fav (9-7) Chased leader, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, outpaced and hung left over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Marlismamma (8-4) at Ayr 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.