HAYWAIN improved for his third outing after a lay-off when only beaten a head by the consistent Bussa at Wolverhampton. Kevin Ryan's charge gets the tentative vote in this as he's less exposed than the other likely contenders. Sole Danser is usually thereabouts without quite being good enough while The Strig and Alnoomaas have both fallen prey to the in-form Picansort of late and look high enough in the weights now. Dickie Le Davoir can pop up at anytime, however, and Fortrose Academy has recorded both wins to date over course and distance and is another to consider.
Sole Danser (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Blue Jack (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Alnoomaas (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) In touch, ran wide on bend 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 7l behind Picansort (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
The Strig 16-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway 2f out, stayed on, not pace of leaders, 5th of 13, 3/4l behind Russian Ice (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Night Trade (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, pushed along halfway, short of room approaching 2f out, last of 11, 10l behind Blue Jack (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Gabbiano 9-2 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden 2f out, switched right approaching final furlong, not trouble leaders, 8th of 11, 4l behind Temple Road (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Quasi Congaree (GER) 50-1 (9-7) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 19l behind Russian Ice (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dickie Le Davoir 8-1 (9-6) Outpaced, 10th of 12, 6l behind Sunrise Dance (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Haywain 5-1 (9-6) Led early, tracked leader, led again over 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Bussa (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Bassett Road (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, close up, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Bitaphon (8-9) at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Captain Kendall (9-5) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dishy Guru 12-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 6th of 11, 3l behind Blue Jack (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.