MECCA'S ANGEL is very speedy and didn't run a bad race in her first season. She appeals as the type to come to hand early and, back in a handicap after three runs in Listed company at the end of the last campaign, can show these rivals a clean pair of heels. Blithe Spirit was another consistent sort last season and might make a race of it though, as with the others, the market will probably indicate what's expected. Deeds And Words may have gone over the top when well behind the selection at Redcar in October but 6f looks his trip. Eastern Impact was third behind leading 1000 Guineas fancy Rizeena at Sandown last May but this will be his first start since.
Mecca's Angel (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 23, 2 1/2l behind Ventura Mist (8-7) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf in Oct.
Eastern Impact (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Went right and awkward leaving stalls, chased winner, ridden and no impression over 1f out, just held on for 2nd, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Rizeena (8-9) at Sandown 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in May.
Deeds Not Words (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Outpaced in rear, never dangerous, 18th of 23, 11l behind Ventura Mist (8-7) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf in Oct.
Blithe Spirit 13-2 (8-11) Quickly away, raced keenly, made all, ridden clear 2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Chester 5f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Secret Romance (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Meadway 9-2 (8-9) Raced centre tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Sleepy Sioux (8-3) at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp (2) sft in Oct.
The Hooded Claw (IRE) 15-8 (9-5) With leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) hvy in Oct beating Angel Flores (9-0) by 2l, 6 ran.
Baytown Kestrel 9-2 (8-4) Prominent, close 2nd halfway, soon ridden and weakened, last of 10, 15l behind Strategic Heights (8-3) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Feb.
Distant Past 4-1 (8-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders on outside, ridden and weakening when hung left over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Steventon Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp (2) pol in Dec.