Donald McCain has wasted no time putting ROYAL ESCORT over hurdles after she finished second in a Sedgefield bumper. The Gamut mare should take all the beating if her jumping holds up as she gets 7lb from Bollin Dolly, who only won a novices' seller at Cartmel in June. Bonnie Burnett and Julia Too have place claims but newcomer Damascus Symphony is more interesting as she won twice on the Flat on soft ground.
Bollin Dolly 8-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, outpaced after 3 out, ridden before next, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 41l behind Pas Trop Tard (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Beyond The Point 200-1 (9-12) Held up behind, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quinsman (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep, 9 ran.
Bonnie Burnett (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Behind, kept on from 3 out, never nearer, 7th of 17, 34l behind Brick Red (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Damascus Symphony 25-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, virtually pulled up final 2f, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind De Rigueur (9-3) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep (flat).
Dolly Royal (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Towards rear, ridden and stayed on final furlong, 10th of 13, 6l behind Ivestar (10-10) at Catterick 5f am hcp 0-55 (6) sft (flat).
Issabella Gem (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led over 8f out and kicked on, driven and headed 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 10, 19l behind Hawridge King (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep '11 (flat).
Julia Too 8-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, tailed off over 4f out, 6th of 10, well behind Ronnie Rhino (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Maggie Mey (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Mango Music (9-9) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep (flat).
Royal Escort (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, headway to go 3rd over 2f out, chased winner final furlong, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Izzini (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd.