Byron Gala has returned a losing favourite on his last three starts now and Needless Shouting looks on a high enough mark at present. Manor Way will be fancied on his comeback but never looked like lasting home when attempting today's trip at Salisbury in October while Baltic Fire will need to step up on his latest third over track and trip in similar company. Si Senor and Cotton Club make their handicap debuts along with CONFITURE and the speculative vote goes to the latter on her close-up third over track and trip in December.
Si Senor (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Went right start, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 4th of 10, 7l behind Kafeel (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Cotton Club (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 6l behind Equitable (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Needless Shouting (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Upholland (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Hostile Fire (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 10th of 12, 10l behind Pearl Spectre (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Manor Way (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden and struggling over 2f out, headway and not much room over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Gower Princess (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Byron Gala 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, eased close home, 3rd of 4, 2l behind Maxie T (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Confiture 6-1 (8-9) Raced wide keen held up, headway to track leaders over 4f out, ridden and no impression final 2f, 5th of 10, 6l behind Bridie Ffrench (8-6) at Kempton 1m mdn fll (5) pol in Feb.
Baltic Fire (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, mid-division, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, never troubled front pair, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Kraka Gym (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.