James Fanshawe trained LURCHER's dam Pitcroy to win a Sandown maiden on the Flat. The grey will be the Newmarket handler's first runner under NH Rules for four years but should have too much speed for this bunch and the booking of Denis O'Regan is a positive sign. The Pivotal gelding Rock Of Ages wasn't beaten far when fifth at Towcester and looks the pick of those with experience while Jimmy Sewell may prove best of Michael Appleby's pair and is worth noting for future reference along with Amazing Scene.
Amazing Scenes (IRE) Desert King gelding out of Lady Leila.
Celtic Monarch (IRE) Celtic Swing gelding out of Trim.
Coffee King (IRE) King's Best gelding out of Passarelle.
Cracker Mill Act One gelding out of Linda's Schoolgirl.
Dougalstar (FR) Layman gelding out of Concert House.
Jimmy Sewell (IRE) Catcher In The Rye gelding out of Starway To Heaven.
Lurcher With Approval gelding out of Pitcroy.
Midnight Thomas 14-1 (10-7) Took keen hold in touch, headway to lead over 12f out until over 11f out, chased leader, led again 6f out, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 9, 23l behind Koolala (10-12) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std.
Rock of Ages 7-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, pushed along over 6f out, headway over 3f out, carried left inside final furlong, stayed on, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Shipton (10-12) at Towcester 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Hell Hath No Fury Oratorio filly out of Sagamartha.
Surf In September (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mainly behind, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Reach The Beach (11-2) at Newbury 1m 4f Fillies Nat Hunt Flat (3yo) (6) sft in Dec.
Terntheothercheek 50-1 (10-5) Pushed along towards rear, ran green, tailed off over 4f out, 10th of 15, 41l behind Master Red (10-5) at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.