DEBDEBDEB had the misfortune of coming up against a rejuvenated Ted Spread last month but the handicapper has not overreacted and, with a proven ability to show her form on any surface, we are confident that Andrew Balding's filly can gain compensation. Great Fighter bombed out badly at York though he'd looked a useful recruit when dotting up at Wolverhampton last October and it could be folly to dismiss him on the basis of one moderate run. Lion Beacon appeared a sure-fire future winner when second at Doncaster last month and Amanda Perrett's gelding cannot be ruled out off the same mark. Arty Campbell may fare better for the switch to a faster surface but Party Line is yet to fire this term. Mark Johnston's mare is a regular in decent staying events, however, and her stable is no stranger to saddling winners at the course.
Debdebdeb 11-8fav (8-13) Reluctant to go to post, soon led, narrowly headed 2f out, soon ridden, chased winner, led again inside final furlong, hung left well inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 6, hd behind Ted Spread (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Swing Alone (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 10l behind Magic Hurricane (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in May.
Party Line 9-1 (9-6) In touch in 5th, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 12l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Great Fighter 8-1 (9-2) Close up on inside, pushed along 5f out, weakened entering final 2f, 12th of 15, 16l behind Wadi Al Hattawi (9-5) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Lion Beacon 8-1 (9-8) Chased clear leader until ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 19l behind Poyle Thomas (9-8) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Aazif (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 13l behind Spice Fair (9-2) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Arty Campbell (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up towards rear, some headway over 3f out, never reached leaders and weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 13, 25l behind Story Writer (8-11) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.