A John Gosden-trained runner at this track is a rare sight but HUNZA DANCER can make the long journey a worthwhile one. Third on her debut, she occupied the same position on her reappearance over today's trip at Leicester and won't have to find a great deal of improvement to get the better of Cape Classic here. The latter's third to Run On Ruby at Kempton in November gives him every chance, however, especially as the well-bred Donnaconna finished tailed off on his recent debut at Newmarket. The remainder with experience have plenty to find, while Isdaal is probably best watched on her belated debut.
Friday Night Lad (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 12, 36l behind Tropical Beat (8-12) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Intiqaal (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Started very slowly, always in rear, eased over 2f out, 10th of 11, well behind Qamar (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Eilean Eeve 100-1 (8-4) Mid-division, weakened halfway, 13th of 15, 7l behind Ingleby Star (9-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Isdaal Dubawi filly out of Faydah.
Cape Classic (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, almost got 2nd, no impression on winner, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Run On Ruby (8-12) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Nov.
Donnaconna (CAN) 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, took closer order over 5f out, weakened quickly over 3f out, tailed off, virtually pulled up, last of 13, well behind Midsummer Fair (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (4) gf.
Hunza Dancer (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) In rear, headway halfway, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Sand Owl (9-0) at Leicester 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Mar.
The Nifty Duchess 20-1 (8-9) Outpaced in rear, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 13l behind Youhavecontrol (9-0) at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd.