The days of THE TATLING racing at Royal Ascot and winning the King's Stand Stakes as he did in 2004 are now long since gone but Milton Bradley's gelding retains ability and enthusiasm for the game and he is taken to resume winning ways, getting the verdict ahead of Green Lagonda and The Name Is Frank. Mark Gillard's gelding disappointed in a handicap at Windsor when last seen in October but previous form in this grade is fair and he has to be considered on his reappearance. Tony Carroll's Sofinella has lost her way in handicaps of late but may do better dropped into a claimer. Spic 'n Span has been running well in handicaps and claimers on the Fibresand but he is better on that surface than on turf so may be best watched, while Spanish Ace looks the clear second best of Milton Bradley's four runners in the race. Stef Liddiard's Green Lagonda has been running well of late and a reproduction of recent form will see him go close but The Tatling has an obvious chance dropped into this grade and he gets the vote.
The Tatling (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Held up, hampered and bumped over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 5, 9l behind Filligree (9-8) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm.
Mr Forthright 20-1 (8-4) Steadied start, always rear group never a factor, last of 10, 17l behind Kyllachy Storm (8-11) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Solemn 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 4l behind Peopleton Brook (8-8) at Goodwood 5f app hcp (6) gd in May.
Spic 'n Span 9-2 (8-9) Dwelt, soon recovered and narrow lead, pushed along and headed over 1f out, weakened, 11th of 16, 9l behind Peopleton Brook (8-8) at Goodwood 5f app hcp (6) gd in May.
One Way Ticket 14-1 (8-11) Led, headed 4f out, chased leader after, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Berrymead (9-2) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Green Lagonda (AUS) 13-2 (8-13) Raced stand side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Pic Up Sticks (9-4) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Pitton Justice 50-1 (9-1) Speed to halfway, last of 10, 14l behind Native Title (9-13) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Feb '06.
Spanish Ace 33-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, gradually faded, 8th of 12, 8l behind Dressed To Dance (8-10) at Bath 6f sell stks (6) gf in May.
The Name Is Frank 33-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, driven and weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 17l behind Perfect Silence (9-3) at Windsor 6f hcap (5) gd in Oct.
Rose de Rita 100-1 (8-12) Behind final 3f, 6th of 8, 17l behind Marvin Gardens (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Sofinella (IRE) 12-1 (8-2) Bumped start, chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 12th of 13, 16l behind Imperial Sword (8-9) at Haydock 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in May.
Talamahana 80-1 (8-11) Led narrowly until ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened rapidly inside final 2f, 10th of 14, 26l behind Elna Bright (9-12) at Salisbury 7f clm stks (5) gf.