A cracking contest on paper as Night Lily has strong claims on her earlier second in a Listed race at Dundalk and Ocean Bay has scope for improvement after an impressive maiden win at Kempton last month. A multiple winner in Italy, Famusa is tempting on only her second start for Marco Botti, while Loyalty has been in terrific form in the second half of the year and finished a length ahead of BLUE MOON when third in a hot handicap at Lingfield last month. However, the latter is 6lb too the good under today's conditions and Kevin Ryan's filly gets the vote to return to winning ways.
Famusa 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on approaching final furlong, not pace to challenge, 6th of 17, 5l behind Mirror Lake (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) sft in Nov.
Focail Eile 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 15, 12l behind Sam Nombulist (9-3) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Loyalty 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division on inside, effort and pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 4l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-2) at Kempton 1m Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Ocean Bay 4-7fav (9-3) Held up in touch, led approaching 2f out, kept on strongly inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Perfect Mission (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Blue Moon 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Riggins (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Bowmans Well (IRE) 200-1 (8-13) Ridden halfway, always behind, last of 7, 39l behind Haamaat (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Night Lily (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 11l behind Hunter's Light (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind William Haigh (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.