Paphos lost the lead at one point at Brighton last week only to produce a late surge and win going away. He'll go close again, despite a penalty, but the less-exposed DUTCH MISTRESS is preferred. The latter was only beaten a short-head at Chester last time and James Unett's filly looks to have an easier task in this company. Tartan Trip finished a close-up fourth at Kempton recently and should be in the firing-line with a similar effort today but the remainder are harder to fancy.
Paphos 5-2 (9-7) Led, strongly challenged over 2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Duke Of Destiny (9-7) by 3l, 7 ran.
Malih 20-1 (9-2) Led 2f, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 14l behind Sky Khan (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Tartan Trip 5-1 (9-11) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 1f out, 4th and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Midnight Feast (9-10) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dutch Mistress 4-1 (8-8) Difficult to load in stalls, chased leaders, switched right over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, caught post, 2nd of 9, shd behind It's My Time (8-7) at Chester 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Whitstable Native 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 12th of 16, 17l behind Dancing Maite (8-13) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Quite A Catch (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Dwelt, mid-division, under pressure halfway, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 35l behind Menadati (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Rigid 12-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Two Minds (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-68 (6) pol.