LABIENUS found his path blocked all the way up the home straight at Lingfield last time. He'd have gone very close with a clear run and David Lanigan's colt can defy top weight to make amends in this. Tom's Anna makes his handicap bow having won a maiden at Catterick recently and makes more appeal than seasonal debutant Rust, placed in all three starts last season. The latter's stablemate Cinderslipper gets a 7lb claimer on board today and Rex Whistler has a shout with a comeback run at Newcastle under his belt.
Labienus 16-1 (9-6) In touch, effort when not clear run inside final furlong, switched right and kept on, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Mission Approved (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Tom's Anna (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, good headway over 2f out, switched left entering final 2f, effort when badly hampered over 1f , soon switched right, ridden and ran on, just held, finished 2nd, awarded race, won at Catterick 7f mdn stks (5) gf beating Correggio (9-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Lady Margaeux (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Behind, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 14l behind Off Art (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf.
Midnight Warrior 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, no chance chance with leading pair entering final furlong, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Off Art (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf.
Rust (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Took keen hold in touch, effort over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, soon edged right, faded final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Leitrim Pass (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Cinderslipper (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind How's Life (9-7) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Rex Whistler (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, not much room over 2f out, shaken up and headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never near to challenge, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Big Johnny D (10-0) at Newcastle 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Naaz 33-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 23l behind Maputo (9-1) at Hamilton 1m mdn stks (5) sft.
Curl (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 3f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Corn Snow (9-7) at Redcar 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.