PLAYHARA looked as if she was going to struggle to find a race for Nicky Henderson until scoring with something to spare at Towcester this month. She's since moved on to the Todhunter yard which has wasted no time returning her to action, presumably with the view that she's now in form and on the improve. Totally unproven on the ground, she's a hopeful choice to reproduce her improved form under very different conditions. Politeness was much better last time too when second on the soft at Carlisle and definitely enters the equation on that evidence, whereas Raifteiri has failed to convince on four starts this year. Some Lad is only 1-22 but did score at Newcastle in March although he has not backed that up since. Cool Bob hasn't done too badly of late but is hard to support with a career record of 0-42.
Politeness (FR) 9-2 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner before last, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Yourholidayisover (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Playhara (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, ridden before 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Towcester 2m cond hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating My Nosy Rosy (10-13) by 5l, 8 ran.
Some Lad (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced before last, kept on run-in, no impression, 6th of 7, 24l behind Teo Vivo (11-10) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Cool Bob (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Held up behind, effort before 3 out, headway before 2 out, went 3rd at last, one pace, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Lady Fingers (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Raifteiri (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, joined winner 5th, lost place 8th, outpaced in 3rd before 3 out, no chance with front pair from next, tailed off, 3rd of 4, 41l behind Volcanic (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf.