Push Me and Persian Peril have been well beaten over hurdles of late while Bethan and Short Shrift have been struggling on the Polytrack. The latter may improve for the longer trip while Royal Marskell went close in an amateurs event at Lingfield last time. PERIVALE has cut little ice on the Polytrack recently but she can race off a 5lb lower mark today with an apprentice's allowance taken into account. A speculative vote goes her way in the hope she'll improve for a switch to the Fibresand.
Push Me (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 13l behind Araqella (9-0) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Nov.
Persian Peril 33-1 (9-9) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Duchess Of Gazeley (9-4) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Royal Marskell 8-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 4f out, tracked leader until 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 8l behind Echo Brava (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Bethan 5-1fav (10-13) Soon chased clear pair, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 43l behind Epsom Salts (10-3) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Short Shrift (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in touch on inside, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 8, 8l behind Luv U Whatever (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Perivale (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Modem (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.