A year off the track and a step up in distance proved no problem for MANKINI at Newmarket earlier this month. The handicapper hasn't gone overboard with a 4lb rise and a follow-up looks likely as he's a lot less exposed than the majority of today's rivals. Maakirr has been placed in three starts on the all-weather but has never looked like winning while Laughing Jack has been off the track since failing to land a gamble at Yarmouth in April and is a pound higher here. Newnton Lodge deserves a mention, however, as he finally showed some form this year when second at Warwick and the extra distance might help.
Tevez 16-1 (9-7) Slowly away always in rear, last of 11, 11l behind Pategonia (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Kalily 8-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, effort on inside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th final 75 yards, 4th of 9, 7l behind Legendary (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Laughing Jack 85-40fav (8-13) Held up in touch in last pair, pulled hard, switched right and headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Silver Alliance (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Strike Force 25-1 (10-11) Raced wide and always towards rear, 13th of 14, 15l behind Balmoral Castle (10-3) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Maakirr (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 3f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Yahilwa (8-11) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in May.
Mankini (IRE) 3-1fav (8-7) Keen in touch, headway to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, edged right and rallied inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Curly Come Home (9-2) by 1l, 7 ran.
Newnton Lodge 12-1 (9-11) Taken to post early, in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Mysterial (9-3) at Warwick 1m clm stks (5) gf.
Nolecce 6-1 (8-9) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Asia Minor (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.