AVONVALLEY never recovered from a slow start when dropped back to the minimum trip here last time but had gone close on her previous couple of starts over C&D and gets the vote. Aubrieta has failed to match the form of October's win in soft ground at Nottingham subsequently and Little China's maiden victory here came over 5f. Button Moon and Mey Blossom have both been placed at Lingfield recently while Climaxfortackle and Above The Stars made the frame at this track on their latest starts.
Little China 25-1 (9-5) Raced wide held up, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 6l behind Impel (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Avonvalley 4-1fav (9-2) Towards rear, ridden halfway, never on terms, 7th of 11, 8l behind Another Citizen (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Aubrietia 12-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 10, 2l behind Hot Sugar (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Blodwen Abbey 12-1 (8-4) Refused to race, in a race won by Towbee (8-11) at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul, 8 ran.
Button Moon (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Mid-division, driven and headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden to chase leaders, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 9, 3l behind Stepturn (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Above The Stars 14-1 (8-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on well closing stages, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Hamoody (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Code Six (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened 1f out, last of 9, 7l behind Theresnoneedfordat (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Climaxfortackle (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 1f out, running in close 3rd when hampered towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Mey Blossom 8-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Rich Again (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.