The old adage about watching the market applies and in the absence of it, TALLEY CLOSE is nominated with Top Care and Baby Driver among the alternatives. There was a little bit of money around on debut and while that debut has to go down as a disappointment; there is enough early pace there to suggest a good run at Catterick could obtain. Top Care was a beaten favourite at Carlisle on debut. The trainer is having a wretched time with his juveniles so a reluctant case of opposition might be the call. Howard Johnson's team have started to pick up some prizes of late and while Baby Driver was no match for the 1-7 favourite at Hamilton last month but having started slowly, he finished with promise. Carver County does not look to be one of John Fretwell's better purchases at the sales. If his breeding is to be believed, Malgoof might come into his own with a bit more give underfoot. Talley Close is the suggestion in a race where the betting should offer the most informed appraisal of the likely chances.
Baby Driver 25-1 (9-3) Steadied start, soon outpaced, wanting to edge right from over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Mayson (9-3) at Hamilton 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Carver County (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Outpaced, always behind, 11th of 12, 15l behind Berberana (8-12) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
C P Joe (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 22l behind Shropshire (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Hal Of A Lover 28-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 8l behind Georges Lane (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Indieslad Indesatchel colt out of Sontime.
Malgoof (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Dwelt, soon tracked leader, ridden and hung right over 1f out, soon weakened to 3rd, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Black Moth (9-0) at Beverley 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gf.
Newport Arch 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 19l behind Spartic (9-3) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Reason To Believe (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 9l behind Magic Casement (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Talley Close 11-4fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division and keen, headway over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 8l behind Alfraamsey (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Top Care (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Georges Lane (9-3) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Better Self 50-1 (8-12) Took keen hold on outer, droped into rear over 4f out, never dangerous after, 7th of 9, 8l behind Local Singer (9-3) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.