SOARING SPIRITS wasn't beat that far when fifth at Kempton last time and has been given a chance by the handicapper dropped 2lb for this. Roger Varian's charge looks set to record his first win ahead of Mandy The Nag. The latter ran well enough off today's mark on the Polytrack recently having scored at Southwell before that but Peak Storm has struggled after taking a hike in the weights for an earlier double at this track. Offbeat Safaris makes a quick reappearance on the back of a close-up third at Ffos Las and has claims on his earlier placed effort over track and trip.
Peak Storm 10-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ridden and one pace entering final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Dana's Present (9-9) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Soaring Spirits (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) With leader, ridden over 1f out, every chance towards finish, no extra close home, 5th of 7, 1 1/4l behind Noble Gift (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Mandy The Nag (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed final 100 yards, outpaced to 3rd soon after, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Progenitor (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ogaritmo 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Minority Interest (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Offbeat Safaris (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) In rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Golden Jubilee (9-11) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Another Squeeze 25-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Dana's Present (9-9) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Cheers Big Ears (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Prominent, lost place over 6f out, ridden 3f out, no impression after, 5th of 6, 5l behind Not Rigg (9-5) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ernest Speak (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) In touch, weakened and edged right 2f out, 11th of 16, 13l behind Tooley Woods (8-13) at Chepstow 7f hcp (6) gd in May.