MY CLAIRE went close in a lowly handicap here last time and may finally open her account in this company. Poppy Bond has also finished closer of late having slipped down the weights and looks the main danger. It's difficult to make a case for any of the remainder as Bladewood Girl has yet to show any benefit for her slide down the handicap and Cheers Big Ears was still well beaten despite making the frame here last time.
Bladewood Girl 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened to 4th final 75 yards, 4th of 14, 6l behind Arabian Flight (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Cheers Big Ears (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Schottische (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Dance To Destiny 25-1 (8-13) Prominent, outpaced over 2f out, rallied approaching final furlong, 6th of 11, 7l behind Schottische (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Hawaiian Freeze 28-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 18l behind El Massivo (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Phils Wish (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders and took keen hold early, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Saratoga Baby (11-10) at Laytown 7f am hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Saint Boniface 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 10th of 12, 18l behind Kielty's Folly (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Marvelous James (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 4f out, no extra in 6th 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 30l behind Jan Van Eyck (8-13) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo clm in Jun.
My Claire 8-1 (8-12) Behind, driven over 2f out, headway on outside entering straight, soon ridden, went 2nd and stayed on well inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Scepticism (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Platinum Proof (USA) 6-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, struggling over 5f out, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 10, 50l behind Mystery Drama (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Poppy Bond 11-2 (8-5) Went right start, tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.