RUNNING REEF is getting steadily closer. A course and distance winner last season, Tracy Waggott's charge hinted at a return to winning ways is imminent when a runner-up at Carlisle last time. Orwellian has done all his winning over 6f but Mysterial was beaten less than a length at Beverley over today's trip on his penultimate start and has a shout. Ixelles Diamond scored over 7f at Warwick in May and there should be more to come from her this season.
Shamaheart (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Keen close up, led 3f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 4l behind Thankyou Very Much (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Live Dangerously 9-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 4l behind Dark Crystal (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Mysterial 5-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, ridden before 2 out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 28l behind World Record (9-8) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Orwellian 9-2fav (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Mandalay King (8-12) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Running Reef (IRE) 9-4fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden, edged left and bumped slightly over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Iceblast (9-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Rioja Day (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Pressed leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 11l behind Dark Crystal (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Ixelles Diamond (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 6, 3l behind Sandra's Diamond (9-6) at Carlisle 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Berbice (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Slowly away keen in rear, effort 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Dark Crystal (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.