Silence Is Bliss is closely matched with Kissing Clara on these terms and both have claims of picking up this prize but ready preference is for SOVIET SPRING. Andrew Balding's charge failed to justify a prominent position in the market on debut but he has progressed with each start since then and wasn't beaten too far at Kempton over six furlongs last time. The step back up in trip coupled with the drop in grade may be sufficient to see him open his account. Bill Turner has picked up this race a couple of times in recent years and David Probert is an interesting booking for Lady Prodee who is from a family that the trainer knows well. She is well worth considering along with the likes of Pick A Little and Yorketa.
Pick A Little 33-1 (9-0) Behind, came to race alone on stands rail from 3f out, some late modest headway, never nearer, 7th of 13, 8l behind Crown Ridge (8-1) at Brighton 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Silence Is Bliss (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Rosina Grey (8-11) at Kempton 6f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Silly Billy (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) In touch, driven 2f out, soon hung badly left and weakened, 8th of 11, 7l behind Country Waltz (8-3) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Oct.
Soviet Spring (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) Quickly away, led, 2 lengths ahead over 1f out, no extra and headed final 150 yards, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Chilledtothebone (8-10) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Ameliana 33-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 13l behind Malice Or Mischief (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Farmer's Wife 25-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Mazagee (9-0) at Warwick 7f 2yo fll mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Kissing Clara (IRE) 4-1 (8-5) Went slightly right start, led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind War Painter (8-13) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Kitty Fisher 66-1 (8-12) Slowly away, outpaced and always in rear, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Forty Proof (8-12) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Lady Prodee Proclamation filly out of Dee-lady.
Simmons 14-1 (8-6) Dwelt, towards rear, some headway under pressure over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 15, 9l behind Brand Bob (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2yo sll (6) gs in Oct.
Speed Gene (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Bumped start, tracked leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 6l behind Belle Royale (8-7) at Goodwood 5f 2yo sll (4) gd in May.
Yorketa 16-1 (8-5) Mid-division, outpaced halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened closing stages, 5th of 20, 6l behind Lady Del Sol (8-0) at Redcar 7f 2yo clm (6) gd in Oct.