Irish import HITTIN'THE SKIDS looked as though she'd done just that when last at the Curragh in October. However, she made a winning debut for Kevin Ryan over C&D last week when sent off favourite and may well defy a penalty in this similar company. Lord Paget and Dhhamaan filled the places behind the selection last time but Mucky Molly is preferred having finished second at Kempton a fortnight ago. Sairaam has proved much better on Turf so far, though she's beein showing a bit more off her current mark of late.
Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged right over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec beating Lord Paget (8-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mucky Molly 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, switched right to inside after 1f, went 2nd over 2f out, disputing lead and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Pharoh Jake (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Very First Blade 15-2 (8-12) Towards rear, effort on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 6l behind J J Leary (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Lord Paget 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Hittin'the Skids (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Minty Jones 9-2fav (8-13) Teadied start, took keen hold in last pair, slightly hampered on outside 3f out, ridden and no headway over 2f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Lana (8-13) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Sep.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Hittin'the Skids (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Bachelor Knight (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Mid-division, never on terms, 7th of 10, 10l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Sairaam (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Rosie's Lady (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Monsieur Pontaven 5-2fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up, not clear run 2f out, swutched left over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Renoir's Lady (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Compton Target (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Prominent, led just inside 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 8l behind Olney Lass (9-4) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Athaakeel (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Reginald Claude (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Crucis Abbey (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 6l behind Ioannou (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.