Antioco Murgia has started to look like an apprentice jockey going places and with his mount HAZELRIGG weighted for a big run Tim Easterby's charge lands the verdict over last time out winner Poppy's Rose and the consistent Lucky Dan. A course and distance winner three starts ago the pick was only just denied off this mark last time out. That run gives him a clear chance so although he won't want any more rain to get into the ground he should go well. Poppy's Rose was a cosy enough winner last time and has a more than capable partner in the plate but her 6lbs penalty will make life tougher. Lucky Dan has been a close up fourth off 1lb higher in the handicap on his last two runs and might need a reprieve before scoring while Desert Strike would like things firmer under hoof. An intriguing start to the card where Hazelrigg is weighted for a big run.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Ryan Style (9-1) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jun.
Poppy's Rose 4-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Thirsk 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Simple Rhythm (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 11-4 (8-13) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, strong run and edged left inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 8, ns behind Captain Scooby (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Memphis Man 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and rider dropped whip 2f out, outpaced when hampered soon after, switched left inside final furlong and stayed on, 4th of 7, 6l behind Signore Momento (9-2) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Chosen One (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon edged left, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Caranbola (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Desert Strike 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Avonvalley (8-9) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol.
Miacarla 40-1 (8-7) Keen in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind The Bear (9-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.