A quartet of recent winners to consider but both Munaawib and Poetry Writer were registering their first wins when scoring at Southwell and this track respectively and neither makes any appeal off higher marks today. Teen Ager has been rolling back the years and steps up a furlong as he bids for the hat-trick. He beat Spinning Ridge in March, though the latter re-opposes on better terms despite having won at Bath last month. KARATE won this off a higher mark last year and, after going close over course and distance last time, he looks set for a repeat with Nicole Nordblad's allowance further helping his cause.
Teen Ager (FR) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway on inner over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, driven and all out, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Duke Of Destiny (9-6) by hd, 12 ran.
Divine Rule (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, not clear run over 2f out until headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th in closing stages, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Pink Lips (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) sft in May.
Spirit of Xaar (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, edged left over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 11l behind Semeen (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Bath 1m hcp (6) fm in May beating Mr Udagawa (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Super Duplex 33-1 (8-7) Always in rear, 11th of 17, 12l behind Intomist (8-11) at Salisbury 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Karate (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Keen in touch until short of room and shuffled back to rear 5f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Cuthbert (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Mitch Rapp (USA) 10-1 (9-6) Led 1f, close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 17l behind Refreshestheparts (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Poetry Writer 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr beating Total Obsession (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Indian Violet (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Took keen hold in touch, pushed along halfway, soon lost place and never on terms after, 9th of 11, 12l behind Darnathean (9-5) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Fault 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 13th of 14, 14l behind Intomist (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Munaawib 25-1 (8-12) Dwelt raced wide in rear, outpaced, headway 3f out, hung left and led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May beating Ishiamiracle (8-7) by 4l, 12 ran.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Chased leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 13, 7l behind Sofias Number One (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in May.