Hard to call this with only 3lb separating the field on official ratings. Gabrial's Lexi and Jericho are similar in that they both posted poor efforts last time on the back of good runs and have something to prove now. Dubious Escapade and Naseem Alyasmeen failed to win last year though both showed enough to suggest a race can be found for them this season and they make more appeal than Symphony Star and Topanga Canyon. A chance is taken that LADY SYLVIA lasts home over today's longer trip as she won her maiden in good style over 7f at Kempton on her return and Joseph Tuite's filly looks to be going the right way.
Dubious Escapade (IRE) 5-2 (8-13) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 9l behind Docs Legacy (8-13) at Ayr 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Gabrial's Lexi (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 11l behind Excellent News (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Jericho (IRE) 9-4 (9-7) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 9l behind Crowning Star (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Lady Sylvia 5-1 (8-6) Took keen hold, chased leader until led going well over 2f out, joined over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to assert inside final furlong, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb beating Diamond Marks (8-11) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Naseem Alyasmeen (IRE) 2-1 (8-9) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 3f out, chased winner approaching final 2f, driven to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, edged left and held closing stages, 2nd of 8, nk behind Ventura Spirit (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Nicholascopernicus (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Headway to track leaders over 7f out, pressed leader 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Whipcrackaway (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Symphony Star (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Always in rear, 15th of 18, 15l behind Samitar (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) gf in Oct.
Topanga Canyon 10-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 27l behind Welcome Gift (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.