RALEIGH QUAY just failed to catch O Ma Lad at Catterick last Friday and with that run under his belt, Micky Hammond's charge is fancied to go one better here. La Bacouetteuse drops back in trip having scored over 1m6f at Musselburgh last time while Coral Sands moves in the opposite direction after his latest third over a mile at Hamilton. Doctor Zhivago continues to drop down the weights without getting any closer and Stanley Rigby remains badly out of form.
Doctor Zhivago 8-1 (8-13) Mid-division, soon pushed along, kept on and no impression, 5th of 11, 10l behind Amazing Blue Sky (9-2) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 14-1 (9-2) Pushed along in rear, headway and switched to outer entering final 3f, led 2f out, ridden when challenged entering final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Categorical (8-11) by shd, 12 ran.
Stanley Rigby 20-1 (9-4) Always in rear, last of 11, 38l behind Light The City (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Betteras Bertie 20-1 (8-10) Dwelt, in rear, headway into mid-division on inside over 2f out, soon riden, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 8th of 15, 12l behind Fazza (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Raleigh Quay (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, every chance last 100 yards, just held close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind O Ma Lad (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Coax 25-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 14l behind Northern Fling (9-8) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Bright Applause 9-1 (9-1) Slowly away, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 12, 11l behind Royal Straight (8-9) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Operateur (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, chased winner until 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Tapis Libre (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Coral Sands (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Took keen hold, led until headed 3f out, chased leaders, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Copperwood (8-13) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Gosforth Park 6-1 (8-6) In touch, not clear run and lost gound on leaders over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 14l behind Shifting Gold (8-10) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.