Fast Track found Listed company too much at Ayr in September but should win more races this year in handicaps. Southwell scorer Saakhen is unexposed while The Hooded Claw won nicely at Chester and may be capable of reversing earlier running at Ripon with New Bidder, despite re-opposing on worse terms. ROYAL WARRIOR probably didn't beat much at Brighton last month but had the proverbial ton in hand and is well worth a try in this higher grade. He can land an open-looking handicap, though this stiff track should suit Jaeger Train and Redcar winner Naggers is on an upward curve.
The Hooded Claw (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 3rd halfway, went 2nd over 2f out, led well over 1f out and hung left, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, driven out, won at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May beating Kickboxer (8-12) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
New Bidder 25-1 (9-4) Led, headed halfway, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 18, 21l behind That Is The Spirit (9-7) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Fast Track 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 11l behind Hurryupharriet (8-12) at Ayr 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Sep.
Saakhen (IRE) 1-5fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, hard ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs in May beating Naivasha (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Royal Warrior 16-1 (9-2) Made virtually all, driven over 2f out, hard pressed over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May beating Three Cliffs (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Augusta Ada 12-1 (8-7) Held up in rear on rail, pushed along over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, headway over 1f out, modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Love Island (9-11) at Ripon 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Naggers (IRE) 4-6fav (9-5) Pressed leader, led over 1f out, pushed clear entering final furlong, very easily, won at Redcar 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) gs in May beating Procurer (8-12) by 10l, 5 ran.
Jaeger Train (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Inyordreams (9-6) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.