The latest in a succession of conundrums from punters, though the high draw and progressive profile of locally-trained ESUVIA appears to fit the bill, while Ignatieff, Confessional and Tasmeem are others on the short-list. The selection does have it to prove on genuine good ground after winning on the Fibresand in a maiden and then following up in comfortable fashion from a mark of 70 in a good to soft Musselburgh handicap. She does not look to have stopped winning just yet. Ignatieff has a similar sort of profile, winning a maiden and then a handicap, but a 6lb rise put paid to him last time. A drop of 4lbs, therefore, looks a plus today and he could go very close. Confessional won eased down at Catterick last backend, when the going was soft, and he is only 1lb higher than that today so must be given plenty of respect. Tasmeem hails from a yard in tremendous form and is another who will appreciate a 4lb drop since his last run. However, the drop in trip is not certain to suit, and so we will just take him on today with Esuvia.
Waveband 66-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, led after 1f, headed well over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Lillie Langtry (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) gf in Oct.
Tasmeem (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 12l behind Layla's Hero (8-9) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Whozthecat (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up, outpaced over 2f out, never able to challenge, last of 6, 16l behind Exotic Beauty (9-0) at Ripon 6f 2yo stk (3) gf in Aug.
Magical Macey (USA) 4-1 (9-7) With leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind Besty (8-4) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Tillys Tale 20-1 (8-8) With leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on and every chance, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Absolute Music (8-11) at Ripon 5f 2yo stks (3) gs in Sep.
Confessional 5-6fav (9-2) Chased leading pair, went 2nd halfway, led over 1f out, pushed out, won at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft in Nov beating Gower Sophia (8-4) by 4l, 7 ran.
Breathless Kiss (USA) 3-1fav (8-13) Slowly away, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Niran (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Ignatieff (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Pressed leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, edged left and weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Micky's Knock Off (8-1) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Dispol Keasha 6-1 (8-9) Led, headed entering final furlong, one paced, 4th of 10, 4l behind Capercaillie (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo stks (2) gd in Jun.
Esuvia (IRE) 9-4 (9-4) Made most, driven out inside final furlong, won at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Diman Waters (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Pilgrim Dancer (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th 2f out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 12l behind Todd's Forge (8-0) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo hcp 50-90 gd in Aug.
Angel Of Fashion (IRE) 10-3 (8-10) Prominent, pushed along and every chance 2f out, soon ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Comedy Hall (9-6) at Warwick 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Oct.
Durham Express (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced when switched right 1f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 12, 6l behind The Only Boss (9-5) at Catterick 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Oct.