3.10: MASHA-IL, who was heavily backed down to 5-2 favourite in a 22- runner field, looked as if he did not quite stay the trip when fading to finish two lengths fourth to Julies Jewel in a seven furlongs handicap at Doncaster on Lincoln day. He has a handy draw in stall seven quite close to the stands rail, against which the stalls have been placed. He should go well in this soft ground. Legs Be Friendly, out of stall one, might be the danger. Bliss should also be respected.
3.45: DAZILYN LADY, who established herself as an above-average filly when winning at Nottingham and Pontefract (on good to soft ground) last season over six furlongs is bred - by Zilzal out of a mare by the 1983 2,000 Guineas winner, Lomond - to get a mile and should go close. Alharir, although unproven in the mud, is the form book danger. Ajig Dancer also has an each-way chance.
4.15: GURKHA, who won a six-furlong York maiden by nine lengths from Wolfhunter last September and is out of a mare who stayed a mile and a a half, comes from a stable which has saddled five of the last six winners of this race including the last three on the trot. He should be better value than Chester House won a seven-furlong maiden at Goodwood last summer before dead-heating for second place, five lengths behind the subsequent Group One Racing Post Trophy winner, Saratoga Springs, in the prestigious Acomb Stakes at the York August meeting. However, he is unproven in the mud.
4.45: FABILLION returned from a 600-day lay-off to finish an excellent neck runner up to Turnpole in a 2m 2f handicap on good to soft ground at the Doncaster Lincoln meeting. He looks as if he is going to prove most effective in the mud and must have an excellent chance if coming on for that run. Merit, who proved a bit of a disappointment last year, could be the main threat if returning to his best form. Foreign Rule and Ivor's Flutter are others who could easily reach the frame.