ELVIRA DELIGHT was fancied to improve on her debut effort when stepped up to a mile at Lingfield last month and she duly landed the odds with the minimum of fuss. Further progress is expected on her handicap bow and Jeremy Noseda's filly can follow up. Lexi's Boy scored on his first start in a handicap and, though he only beat Bodie by less than a length, he looked to have a bit more up his sleeve if needed. Distinguish didn't show much in three starts over 7f last year but the Refuse To Bend filly may do better here, with Crossword looking another likely improver.
Elvira Delight (IRE) 10-11fav (8-3) Close 3rd, pushed along and bumped slightly over 2f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan beating Soviet Spring (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon pressed, came clear with one other final furlong, asserted near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Bodie (9-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Distinguish (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden and outpaced 3f out, never troubled leaders after, 8th of 10, 20l behind Splash Point (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct.
Bodie 8-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to press winner over 1f out, came clear with winner final furlong, no extra near finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Lexi's Boy (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Heart Felt 20-1 (9-7) Behind until some late modest headway, 8th of 12, 12l behind Ree's Rascal (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Crossword 9-2 (8-9) Led, driven and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Dunhoy (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Farmer's Wife 25-1 (9-1) Steadied start, pulled hard in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 4l behind George Woolf (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.