MARTIAL ART is far from straightforward but Andrew Balding may have identified a good opportunity for him to get off the mark. He doesn't give the impression of being overly in love with the game and seemed not to go through with his effort last time at Chester when beaten half a length. Thomas Brown, though, is enjoying a cracking run of form and takes off a valuable 5lb. Hidden Belief looks the main obstacle to overcome, although she hasn't fully lived up to the promise of her Kempton debut last October. Nevertheless, she's shown more than enough in three subsequent starts to rate a major player now. Paddy Burke showed some promise on his Leicester debut last autumn and is next best.
Eaton Oak 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, outpaced over 3f out, last of 7, 43l behind A Star In My Eye (8-9) at Hamilton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Logans Lad (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Held up, outpaced 2f out, plugged on into modest 5th inside final furlong, no chance, 5th of 9, 9l behind Theodore Gericault (8-12) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Martial Art (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on under pressure, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Bethany Bay (9-0) at Chester 6f 3yo mdn (4) gd in May.
Paddy Burke 40-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 9, 8l behind Barbs Princess (8-12) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Hidden Belief (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung right over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no extra towards finish, 7th of 15, 5l behind Broadway Duchess (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn fll stks (5) gf in Jun.