IVORY SILK stepped up on recent efforts last time for the application of first time blinkers, and she can continue her winning ways. Despite meeting trouble in running, she was still quick enough to beat tonight's rival Doubtful Sound, and on two pounds better terms, and with a more favourable draw she can come out on top again-especially as Doubtful Sound has subsequently franked the form. With two recent successes at the track, Doubtful Sound comes here with good credentials and Reg Hollinshead's runner was an emphatic winner here last time, although that was over a furlong further. He has been raised 8lbs for that win but his efforts have been so consistent that he has to be respected. Yungaburra goes in now and again and his win last time was a case in point. However, he rarely follows up with a decent effort and a seven pound rise may ensure it is a while before he scores again. Ivory Silk may prove too tough for her rivals.
Harry Up 13-2 (9-2) Made all, clear 2f out, all out, won at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Even Bolder (8-12) by a nk, 11 ran.
Bertoliver 8-1 (8-11) Prominent, chased winner 3f out until over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Arganil (8-10) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Yungaburra (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) In touch, squeezed through, hampered and led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov beating Russian Symphony (8-9) by 2l, 11 ran.
Almaty Express 28-1 (8-7) Soon chased winner to 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 10l behind Arganil (8-10) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Memphis Man 18-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never dangerous, 17th of 21, 8l behind Misphire (8-12) at Doncaster 7f app hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Ivory Silk 6-1 (9-3) Held up, headway when not clear run and switched right over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, won at Great Leighs 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Doubtful Sound (8-7) by 1l, 11 ran.
Doubtful Sound (USA) 3-1jt-fav (8-8) In touch, led over 1f out, ran on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Princess Valerina (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
The Tatling (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up, came wide entering straight, kept on inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 4l behind Yungaburra (9-1) at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Sands Crooner (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Slowly away, in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, not reach leaders, 5th of 11, 4l behind Ivory Silk (9-3) at Great Leighs 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Mambo Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, plugged on, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Internationaldebut (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Just For Mary 8-1 (8-4) Rear of mid-division, brief effort on outer early straight, soon no extra, last of 11, 16l behind Mojito Royale (10-0) at Dundalk 6f hcp 0-100 pol in Apr.