ON THE CUSP has proved suited to the step up in distance and scored over track and trip a week ago. Most of today's penalty is negated by an apprentice's allowance and Ann Stokell's charge gets the vote to follow up in this company. Reach The Beach has over two lengths to make up with the selection on latest running, but the lightly-raced Bethan makes some appeal given she finished third over course and distance on her Fibresand debut. Kyllachykov went very close over 1m3f at this track in January but this extra furlong stretches his stamina to the limit, while multiple course winner Dontpaytheferryman remains badly out of form.
On The Cusp (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Keen tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Opus (9-1) by 1l, 12 ran.
Bethan 7-2 (8-13) Chased leaders in 4th, effort on outside over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Short Shrift (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Kyllachykov (IRE) 11-2 (9-10) Led, pushed along and joined over 4f out, kept slight lead until headed well over 1f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 11l behind Waving (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
With Hindsight (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) In touch on outer, chased leaders and pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 41l behind King Olav (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Claude Greenwood 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear and never on terms, 8th of 10, 7l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 17l behind On The Cusp (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Reach The Beach 14-1 (8-8) Mid-division, outpaced 5f out, driven and headway 2f out, effort inside final furlong when not clear run, not recover, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind On The Cusp (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Aureate 16-1 (8-0) Towards rear, ridden and headway 3f out, stayed on final furlong, just failed to snatch 2nd, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind West End Lad (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.