SALIK TAG was sensibly allowed to come home in his own time after being hampered in testing ground at Thirsk on his reappearance. Shirley Teasdale's claim allows him to race off a 3lb lower mark than when scoring at Catterick in September and he rates the selection ahead of Hellbender. The latter finished just in front of Cyflymder when runner-up at Newcastle last time and both should be in the firing-line once again while Alluring Star continues to slip down the weights and it won't be long before she's taking advantage.
Cyflymder (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Rise To Glory (8-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Salik Tag (USA) 14-1 (8-13) Keen in touch, ridden halfway, weakening when bumped over 1f out, soon eased, last of 12, 49l behind The Osteopath (9-6) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Hellbender (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leader, led halfway, soon hard driven, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Rise To Glory (8-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Cosmic Moon 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, saddle soon slipped, eased well over 1f out, last of 10, 30l behind Smart Step (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Lindoro 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 4f out, no headway final 3f, 8th of 14, 11l behind Only Ten Per Cent (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.
Turning Circle 11-4 (9-4) Chased leading duo, went 2nd halfway, ridden and no impression over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Adam De Beaulieu (9-3) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov '10.
Pulsatilla 8-1 (9-2) Awkward leaving stalls and rider lost iron until over 3f out, in rear, headway under stand side rail over 1f out, ran on near finish, not reach leaders, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Prince James (8-8) at Catterick 6f app hcp (6) sft in Apr.
Alluring Star 17-2 (8-13) Led until halfway, soon faded, 10th of 12, 35l behind Rise To Glory (8-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Ryedale Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Prominent early, tracked leaders, ridden when not clear run and switched left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Just Five (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Mark Anthony (IRE) 5-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place 2f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 13th of 15, 30l behind Half A Crown (8-6) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Indian Arrow 7-4fav (10-10) Soon tracking leaders on inside, chased winner 2f out, no impression, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 5l behind Enjoyment (10-7) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Best Trip (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 7th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Captain Scooby (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.