The cut in the ground at Newcastle may have been against Harry Lime on his latest start but it was a poor effort all the same and the jury is out on him for now, while stablemate Neighbourhood has shown nothing so far. Gower Rules finally got off the mark when winning here a week ago but a 6lb penalty could put an end to his chances as last week's runner-up WATERED SILK can re-oppose on better terms. Marcus Tregoning's charge was having his first start since August on that occasion and looks capable of going one better here. Waterborne makes most appeal of the remainder.
Harry Lime 15-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 19l behind Lady Chaparral (9-8) at Newcastle 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd.
Waterborne 33-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, shaken up over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 19l behind Buxfizz (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Gower Rules (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Led after 1f, steadied pace 7f out, quicken over 2f out, clear over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Watered Silk (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Neighbourhood (USA) 25-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 17l behind Dance For Livvy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Ocean's Dream Day (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Slowly away raced wide, held up, effort when pushed very wide into straight approaching 2f out, ridden and no impression, 6th of 8, 19l behind Ya Hafed (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Watered Silk 14-1 (8-12) Fly jumped start, slowly into stride, raced in last place, ridden over 2f out, switched to outer over 1f out, ran on strongly to snatch 2nd post, not reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Gower Rules (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Westhaven (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Slowly away, towards rear and pushed along, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 22l behind Caravan Rolls On (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb.
The Absent Mare 6-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, headway to lead 8f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Romeo Montague (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.