ATHWAAB had done all his winning on the all-weather until running out an easy winner at Nottingham last time under today's apprentice. That was only his sixth start on turf so could well be capable of better still despite a 9lb hike in the weights. Spic 'N Span on the other hand has now had 23 starts on turf without success and is consequently hard to fancy despite a recent double on the Fibresand, while Metropolitan Chief is dropped back in trip after a better effort over 6f here a fortnight ago. Radiator Rooney can race off the same mark as when scoring over C&D last May and could prove the biggest threat.
The Name Is Frank 16-1 (10-5) Chased leader stands side group, ridden over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 17, 10l behind Eastern Hills (10-0) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Athwaab 10-1 (8-0) Made virtually all, gradually crossed towards stands rail throughout race, ran on well, well in command final 100 yards, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr beating Musical Bridge (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Bateleur 4-1 (9-0) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 3l behind Decider (8-12) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Apr.
Spic 'n Span 2-1fav (9-10) Made most at strong pace, ridder over 1f out, driven out, won at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs in Apr beating Clear Ice (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Little Perisher 33-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 8l behind Cape Kimberley (9-7) at Salisbury 7f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Close up behind leaders, ridden over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, last of 4, 2 1/2l behind The Jailer (8-3) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Metropolitan Chief 20-1 (8-4) Fly jumped start, in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Welcome Approach (8-11) at Bath 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Apr.