A tight race with all eight runners rated within 3lb of each other. Dark Falcon and SKY CROSSING beat the same rival on different occasions to win their respective maidens at Southwell in December and the latter will have come on for his recent return at Kempton. He gets the token vote ahead of the filly Lollina Paulina who improved with every start last year culminating with a win on the Polytrack. Fairway To Heaven went backwards after a making a winning debut at Kempton and Fortrose Academy failed to figure in nurseries after scoring at the same track in November.
Dark Falcon (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec beating Bold Cuffs (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 12l behind Discoverer (9-1) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Led until halfway, chased leader until driven over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Mr Red Clubs (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Henry Bee 15-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Trail Blaze (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gs in Apr.
Lollina Paulina 4-1 (9-0) Always prominent, ridden to lead and edged right over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct beating Jwala (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Nearly A Gift (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, outpaced when came towards stands side over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 26l behind Free Verse (9-4) at Catterick 7f 2yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Show Flower 5-2 (9-0) Keen early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Al Mahmeyah (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.
Sky Crossing 10-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Dark Castle (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.