ST IGNATIUS landed a pretty poor handicap at Wolverhampton recently but this looks no tougher and he's taken to overcome a 5lb rise. Singzak's latest second came over a longer trip and he remains a couple of pound higher than his previous wins, while though Epsom Salts was successful over 2m at this track last week a penalty may anchor him now. Oratorio's Joy is a winner without a penalty having landed an apprentices' race at Wolverhampton but has failed to last home over 1m2f in the past.
St Ignatius 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, edged right under pressure inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Mick Duggan (9-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
The Holyman (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden on outside 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 14, 8l behind Beacon Lady (8-5) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Singzak 11-4fav (9-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to have every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Admirable Duque (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 11-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, effort to press winner entering final 2f, every chance, driven and ran on, unable to quicken final strides, 2nd of 7, nk behind L Frank Baum (9-4) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug '12.
Oratorio's Joy (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Close up, pressed leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Silly Billy (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Royal Marskell 7-1 (11-0) Held up, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 16, hd behind Linkable (10-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Epsom Salts 7-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Sommersturm (10-6) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.