Tom Scudamore preferred Bathwick Man to American Art at Stratford last month and his judgement was vindicated, the former coming home a length-and-a-half clear of the latter. The runner-up is 5lb better off today but Scudamore keeps faith with his winning partner which suggests there may be more to come. He has a bit to find to overturn earlier Hereford form with GEORGE WOOLF, however, and it's Tim Vaughan's four-year-old that gets the vote even though he's trying this longer trip for the first time. Akbabend looks a better bet than stablemate Mangonel in this grade and may be the pick of the remainder.
E Major 4-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway after 7th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Ogee (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.
American Art (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Led or disputed lead until lost place briefly and reminder after 7th, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Bathwick Man (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Bathwick Man 9-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, led before 7th, made rest, ridden and kept on flat, won at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul beating American Art (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
George Woolf 9-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd and not fluent 2nd, lost 2nd after 4th, pushed along after 3 out, went 2nd again before 2 out, every chance 2 out, ridden approaching last, 3rd and one pace flat pace flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Smalib Monterg (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Akbabend 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led next, not fluent 5th, headed after 3 out, one pace in 3rd when hampered last, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lion On The Prowl (11-6) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) gd.
Mangonel 9-2 (11-2) Led, headed when jumped left 3rd, led again 5th, headed 2 out, one pace last, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Knox Overstreet (10-7) at Exeter 2m 1f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Bonoman (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Prominent, 3rd 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Prosperity Square (11-5) at Wexford 3m 1f beg chase gd in Jul '11, 15 ran.