It's difficult to get a handle on Mica Mika given she was well beaten in three starts on the all-weather before going close in better company over a shorter trip last week. GIOIA DI VITA looks a safer bet as David Thompson's colt was only beaten a short-head over track and trip last month and a similar effort would make him hard to beat in this. Lineman has been practically tailed off in a couple of starts since winning a maiden race here back in September and All The Winds hasn't figured in four subsequent outings having gone close over course and distance in November.
Kathleen Frances 7-1 (9-1) Mid-division, driven 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 14, well behind The Tiger (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct '12.
Mica Mika (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Modernism (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
All The Winds (GER) 9-1 (9-3) Dropped out start, held up in rear, ridden on outside over 2f out, no progress, 9th of 11, 14l behind Java Rose (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Gioia Di Vita 5-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led 2f out, driven, edged left and headed over 1f out, rallied towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, shd behind My Lord (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Lineman 16-1 (9-2) In touch in rear, headway over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 21l behind Sunblazer (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.