What Katie Did looks the pick of Milton Bradley's two runners in the opening event on the card over Ghost Dancer but neither look likely to be good enough to win what is admittedly a competitive event with a stronger chance held by NATIVITY, who gets the verdict ahead of Miss Firefly. The last mentioned has been running well for Ron Hodges of late having been placed in all three starts since winning at Wolverhampton in February and she has solid claims racing off the same mark as when narrowly beaten at Bath last month. Plumage won narrowly over course and distance last month and ran well in defeat at Leicester off the same mark that he races off today last time so he has to be considered. Irish raider Teilionn is lightly raced but needs to improve and of more interest may be Mouse Hamilton-Fairley's Sermons Mount, who has been running consistently well and should be thereabouts again. The vote though goes the way of John Spearing's Nativity, who lost no caste in defeat over course and distance two starts ago and was narrowly beaten in a Warwick maiden subsequently; he can open his account today.
Signore Momento (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Tagseed (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Teilionn 33-1 (8-13) Mid-division, no impression and kept on from over 1f out, 6th of 29, 3 1/2l behind Lough Mist (9-9) at Curragh 6f hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Plumage 12-1 (9-2) Intouch, ridden to join winner when hung right over 1f out, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Revue Princess (9-1) at Leicester 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Titus Gent 11-1 (9-8) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Choreography (10-0) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ghost Dancer 17-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind Exceedingly Good (8-3) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Sermons Mount (USA) 4-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Joe Packet (9-7) at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Namir (IRE) 17-2 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Cape Melody (10-0) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Miss Firefly 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outside, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no extra and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind White Shift (9-12) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
What Katie Did (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, raced keenly, headway over 2f out, hung left under pressure entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Boldinor (9-0) at Brighton 6f hcp (6) gf.
Stamford Blue 28-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 12l behind Kingswinford (9-6) at Salisbury 7f clm stks (5) gd.
Two Turtle Doves (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Ivestar (10-7) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Blue Aura (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led until ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 9l behind Quiet Mountain (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Nativity 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Beauty Pageant (9-0) at Warwick 6f 3yo fll stks (5) gd.
Abhainn (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Bumped start, towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not pace to get competitive, 8th of 15, 3l behind Plumage (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Avoncreek 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, switched left 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Ivestar (10-7) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Affirmatively 50-1 (7-13) Pulled hard, chased leader, led 5f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 10l behind Lady Lam (8-12) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.