Dardanella was narrowly beaten on her debut for Richard Lee and though she's placed twice in bumpers, it's worth noting that those performances obtained in races that were against her own sex. We'll offer our vote to LAURENS RUBY as the four-year-old may just be open to more progression. John Flint's filly is in receipt of all of the allowances and her dam is daughter of smart Flat performer, Double Eclipse. State Department has clearly had problems and one would imagine that connections will be using this assignment as a stepping-stone to a hurdling campaign. Deer Park shaped encouragingly in a Stratford bumper on debut, whilst Follow The Tracks switches to racing under Rules having scored at Brampton Bryan on his last race between the flags.
Deer Park 16-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, went 4th before 2f out, weakened before 1f out, 6th of 11, 26l behind G'dai Sydney (11-1) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Follow The Tracks (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led to 7 & 12-14; led app 2 out; kpt on, won at United Pack 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Silver Man (12-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
Pedrow (IRE) Pierre gelding out of Promalady.
Petit Hibou Lahib gelding out of Madam Killeshandra.
State Department 9-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 3f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 9, 9l behind Open Hearted (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov '11.
Dardanella 11-4 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, chased winner entering final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Handmaid (10-10) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun.
Tanner Bet Thank Heavens mare out of Vercheny.
Laurens Ruby (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) In touch, ridden over 2f out, one pace in 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Pectora (10-10) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun.