The maiden BERRY BABY is given the vote to win this as she tackles this trip for the first time; Covert Mission is an obvious danger judging by her Catterick win last time while Blue Jet and Mighty Mover are others to consider. The selection, a maiden after eight starts over trips that have been gradually extended, was noted staying on well on her last start at Pontefract over 12 furlongs. Covert Mission only raced for the second time this flat season last time, winning very easily albeit against a bunch of moderate handicappers. Given the fact she is so lightly raced this season there could well be further improvement to come. Blue Jet, a winner off 46 three starts back did not look entirely comfortable on the rain softened ground at Catterick last time. At this level he is competitive though while Mighty Mover has been shown some leniency by the assessor of late and on his course form earlier in the year would have claims. Berry Baby is given the nod to land this handicap.
Little Richard (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 13, 14l behind Kerayasi (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Champagne Shadow (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden 4f out, soon lost place and beaten, 8th of 12, 21l behind Coda Agency (9-8) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
King of The Beers (USA) 40-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, weakened quickly over 3f out, tailed off, last of 13, 36l behind Miss Serena (8-7) at Kempton 2m hcap (6) pol in Sept.
Fenners (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 26l behind Summer Lodge (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Bold Adventure 6-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden and headway from 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 9l behind Bold Bobby Be (9-7) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Covert Mission 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, led well over 1f out, kept on well, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct beating Surprise Pension (9-8) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Mighty Mover (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, moderate effort final furlong, 5th of 11, 13l behind She's So Pretty (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs in Oct.
Blue Jet (USA) 13-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, headway and in touch halfway, effort and every chance over 2f to over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Sir Sandicliffe (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct.
Tykie Two 28-1 (9-3) Always behind, last of 14, 26l behind Sir Sandicliffe (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct.
Berry Baby (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, dropped rear 4f out, stayed on well from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 6l behind Bollin Greta (8-7) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Taxman (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, 5th of 13, 13l behind Mohawk Star (9-12) at Kempton 2m hcap (6) pol in Sept.
Qaasi (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, keen, ridden and lost place over 2f out, last of 8, 16l behind Three Strings (9-8) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Able King (NZ) 66-1 (9-3) Always in the rear, 15th of 16, 17l behind Yes Eighteen (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.