STARBOTTON carries a penalty for last week's win at Kempton. But that shouldn't prove too much of an imposition given she won with plenty in hand having tumbled down the weights recently. James Bethell's filly is preferred to a similar type in Vale Of Clara, another who slid down the handicap last year and finally showed some improvement for it when second over track and trip last time. Fleetwoodsands has plenty to find with the selection but Huzzah and Ghost Of A Girl have a shout on the evidence of recent placed efforts.
Starbotton 11-2 (9-2) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan beating Six Silver Lane (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Monsieur Pontaven 10-1 (9-5) Dwelt, held up in last pair, headway under pressure over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 10, 9l behind Kyle Of Bute (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Hispania (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Raced keenly, soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind Kyle Of Bute (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
High On The Hog (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Raced wide close up, ridden and weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 19l behind Monte Cassino (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
David's Secret 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, 26l behind Reggie Bond (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, soon a bit short of room and switched left, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4l behind Prohibition (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Fleetwoodsands (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Pulled hard in touch, headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Miami Gator (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Huzzah (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, effort on outside and ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Mr Chocolate Drop (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Michael's Nook 25-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon well beaten, last of 14, 16l behind Starbotton (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Lichen Angel 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Prohibition (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Ghost Of A Girl (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on outer, ridden entering straight, weakened, last of 14, 14l behind Stoichkhov (8-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Vale Of Clara (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, bumped well inside final furlong, went 2nd post, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Medam (9-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.