LICENCE TO TILL is taken to back-up his recent success at the main expense of Quaker Parrot and Transfixed. Mark Johnston has got his string in good form and Licence To Till could not have been more impressive at Lingfield last week when he beat Christmas Coming. He had previously gone close in a nursery and back in a nursery today he is fancied to score again. Quaker Parrot ran a sound race behind Mass Rally here last month and she looks sure to give a good account of herself today. Transfixed was behind her on that occasion and it is hard to see the form being reversed today. Wellmarked won his maiden last time out and he looks to be on an upward curve, although it remains to be seen how well treated he is for his nursery debut. There are plenty in with chances here but the vote goes the way of Licence To Till.
Licence To Till (USA) 7-4fav (9-0) Made all, in command over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) std beating Christmas Coming (9-0) by 8l, 11 ran.
Quaker Parrot 8-1 (9-3) Led early, tracked leader, led well over 1f out, edged left, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Transfixed (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, chased winner, carried right entering straight, soon switched left, hard ridden, no impression final furlong, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Maldon Prom (7-11) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-90 (4) pol.
Wellmarked (IRE) 1-2fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led 1f out, pushed out, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Katy's Secret (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Craicattack (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) In touch, pushed along halfway, no headway, 7th of 8, 10l behind Comedy Hall (9-6) at Warwick 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Oct.
Itsthursdayalready 15-2 (9-7) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Leleyf (9-4) at Warwick 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Slip Sliding Away (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Held up, in touch, effort on inside over 1f out, driven and kept on final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Sabatini (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol.