SPARTAN SPIRIT was well backed on his reappearance over C&D last week and duly obliged. Jimmy Fortune could even afford to ease him down in the closing stages so a 6lb penalty looks unlikely to prevent a follow-up. Striding Edge registered a rare victory when scoring over track and trip last month but immediately disappointed when only sixth back at this track, while Beggers Belief was disqualified for his jockey weighing in light last time though wasn't beaten far and looks capable of winning off his current mark soon. The Blue Dog looks best of the remainder.
Striding Edge (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Sumani (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Beggers Belief 6-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish (finished 3rd, disqualified), in a race won by Nolecce (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol, 12 ran.
Baharat (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 9l behind Abigails Angel (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden 2f out, hung left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 8l behind Broughtons Paradis (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Spartan Spirit (IRE) 10-11fav (9-3) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, smooth headway on outer 3f out, led over 2f out, soon clear, readily, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Laser Blazer (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Persian Buddy 150-1 (8-12) Slowly in to stride, always in rear, ridden halfway, last of 8, 24l behind Red Somerset (9-4) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Yossi (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 21l behind Visions Of Johanna (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Pahente 33-1 (9-0) Held up, took keen hold, never on terms, 8th of 13, 11l behind Whodathought (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.