REET PETITE's eight-length defeat at Catterick is the closest any of these got to winning last time which says it all - the latter gets a token vote in a desperate affair. Black Pudding is the highest rated on official figures but is running out of chances and Blazing Rose has finished a well-beaten third at Ripon, though Smart Stepper is dropped in class. Show Spirit hails from last year's winning yard.
Black Pudding (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Led narrowly on stands' side rail, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost place, no impression when rider dropped whip over 1f out, 5th of 7, 14l behind Tagtale (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Prince Of Clowns (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Behind and outpaced, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 13th of 14, 18l behind Gerry The Glover (8-13) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul.
Ship Canal 50-1 (9-5) Dwelt, behind, soon outpaced, never dangerous, last of 8, 23l behind Teruntum Star (9-5) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Smart Stepper (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Pressed winner, driven and lost place over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 11l behind Dark Reckoning (9-0) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Tuebrook 80-1 (9-5) Dwelt, led, headed over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, 43l behind Mattmu (9-5) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Blazing Rose (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 11l behind Summer Stroll (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo clm (5) gf.
Lady Jade 100-1 (8-6) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 13l behind Gerry The Glover (8-13) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul.
Reet Petite (IRE) 15-2 (8-6) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd under pressure over 1f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Stardrifter (8-11) at Catterick 7f 2yo sll (6) gf in Jul.
Show Spirit 12-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, always outpaced in rear, last of 7, 25l behind Tagtale (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Sunhill Lodge Lady 25-1 (7-12) With leaders, driven over 2f out, soon lost place and ridden, no impression in 4th from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 13l behind Tagtale (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Tagula Nation (IRE) 150-1 (9-0) In rear, behind final 3f, 10th of 11, 32l behind Grey Zeb (9-5) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.