In a very weak affair, Hampton Court is taken to get the better of Poppy Gregg and Nyetimber. The last named has shown only modest form at best to date, but benefitted from a drop into selling class last time where he was able to hit the frame for the first time. Breeding would suggest the significant step up in trip is optimistic, and it is a venture into the unknown and he is best watched. Poppy Gregg is thoroughly exposed but he at least managed a runner-up spot in a selling handicap over this course and distance recently. Although that was a poor affair, he can hit the frame once more. Hampton Court had been campaigned over hurdles and shaped with some promise, before being placed when an unconsidered outsider over this course and distance in a non-seller. That was his first Flat outing for some time, and a reproduction of that run can see him home here.
Ajman (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leader in close 2nd, improved to lead 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 9l behind Luttrell Lady (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct.
Hampton Court 40-1 (9-6) Disputing close 5th 5f out, close 4th 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Purely By Chance (8-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Bold Adventure 14-1 (9-5) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 12l behind Kickahead (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Peinture de Guerre (FR) 12-1 (9-1) Raced wide, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 10, 10l behind Chanrossa (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (6) pol.
Share Option 12-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, struggling over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 14l behind Colourful Move (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Captain Flack 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, pushed along over 11f out, headway over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, went modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 10l behind Lady Hestia (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Nyetimber (USA) 11-2 (8-13) Led, quickened over 3f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Classic Blue (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Spiritonthemount (USA) 22-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 7l behind Boundless Prospect (8-8) at Southwell 1m 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Colourful Move 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leader 4f, remained close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Isle de Maurice (9-4) at Lingfield 2m Selling Handicap (0-60) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Poppy Gregg 50-1 (8-4) Raced in last place, ran wide headway over 2f out, ridden and chased winner inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Isle de Maurice (9-4) at Lingfield 2m Selling Handicap (0-60) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Delorain (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Pressed leader, led halfway until 5f out, still disputing 2nd over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Zaffeu (9-5) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
The Saucy Snipe 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, soon lost place, no danger after, 10th of 12, 22l behind Tinkerbelle (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Mymateeric 33-1 (9-11) Held in mid-division, reminders over 5f out, some headway over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 9, 25l behind Aaman (9-13) at Southwell 1m 6f Amateur Handicap (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs.
Valkyrie (IRE) 4-1fav (8-4) In touch, pushed along over 5f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 12, nk behind Dazzling Begum (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.