True Spirit was raised only 1lb for winning at Wolverhampton in January. But the handicapper looks to have got it right as Paul D'Arcy's charge has been well beaten since. Preference goes to BLADEWOOD GIRL, who has leading claims with a repeat of her second at Yarmouth back in April off today's mark. Big City Boy was placed here last time ahead of the veteran Alfresco, who hasn't won since 2011, with Silvala Dance further behind. The remainder make no appeal.
True Spirit 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, soon hung right and headed, weakenedfinal furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Botanist (8-8) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jun.
Bladewood Girl 4-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, soon hung left and no impression, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Belle Bayardo (9-6) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gd in May.
Alfresco 9-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, soon hard ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Ermine Ruby (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Proper Charlie 16-1 (9-2) Chased winner, no impression from 2f out, 2nd of 12, 10l behind Dissent (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Silvala Dance 9-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ermine Ruby (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ellen May 16-1 (8-13) In rear, ridden over 3f out, never on terms, eased final furlong, last of 8, 47l behind Good Hope (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf.
Big City Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 9l behind Hawk Moth (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Buxton 40-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, effort on inside and plugged on final furlong, never a threat, 9th of 11, 9l behind Royal Caper (9-5) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gf.
Fleeting Indian (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Prominent, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 7l behind Elizona (9-0) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) gf.
Hinton Admiral 14-1 (8-7) Bumped start, held up, not clear run on inside over 2f out, headway over 1f out, nevr on terms, 5th of 11, 9l behind Exceedexpectations (9-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bridge Valley 50-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, struggling over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 8l behind Alhaban (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jun.
Cueca (FR) 20-1 (8-0) Held up towards rear, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 21l behind Poetic Choice (9-4) at Salisbury 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
The Boss of Me 14-1 (8-11) Midfield, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 5l behind Ermine Ruby (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Confiture 10-1 (8-13) Always in rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, 30l behind Benoordenhout (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.