DARK LANE followed up a win at Chepstow with a decent third at Nottingham off today's mark. David Evans' charge looks capable of getting his head back in front in this company and is preferred to Haajes, who won a seller at Redcar last time. Quality Art has something to find with the selection on latest running while Boucher Garcon has posted a couple of woeful efforts either side of a second at Redcar. Beverley winner, Avon Breeze, could get involved on her return and Blue Shoes is better than her poor comeback effort at Thirsk suggests.
Dark Lane 6-1 (8-11) Driven to chase leaders stands side, outpaced 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Whitecrest (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Captain Scooby 7-1 (9-5) Raced towards stands side, soon outpaced and behind, ridden over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Whitecrest (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Dreaming Of Rubies 6-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden well over 1f out, soon beaten, weakened entering final furlong, last of 7, 10l behind Lucky Dan (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Haajes 7-4fav (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Redcar 5f sell stks (6) gf beating Dorback (9-12) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Fama Mac 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, hard driven halfway, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 19, 12l behind Desert Creek (9-1) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Nov.
Blue Shoes (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Slight lead far side until 3f out, chased leader until 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 17, 9l behind Mission Impossible (8-13) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Avon Breeze 4-1fav (9-2) Started slowly, outpaced, last of 13, 12l behind Ring For Baileys (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Ypres 11-2 (9-6) Mid-division, chased leaders 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 13, 3l behind Middleton Flyer (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Boucher Garcon (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 12l behind Chosen One (8-11) at Catterick 5f app hcp (6) gd in Apr.
Ambitious Icarus 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 5th of 6, 6l behind Nasharra (9-4) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Quality Art (USA) 28-1 (8-7) In touch centre, headway inside final 2f, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra when lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Whitecrest (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Needy Mccredie 12-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 14, 8l behind Ryedane (8-7) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.