PUNCHING can land this race with Efisio Princess and Fulford worthy of note. Conor Dore's charge has proven form around this circuit and went close last week. Off a 1lb lower mark and with the stable's horses in good order, today could well be the day. Efisio Princess ran lamentably at Kempton last time out. The fact we haven't seen her for so long suggests that there was clearly something amiss. Natalia Gemelova gets on well with the filly and her better all-weather performances have obtained on fibresand. Fulford gets in off a light weight. The booking of Joe Fanning by the Mel Brittain yard seems a statement of intent as far as tactics are concerned. Spin Again has won in claiming grade and attempts to graduate out into handicaps. Calmdownmate and Johnnie Skull have been out of form of late and seem to be best watched at present. Not a race to linger too long over though Punching has claims of posting a knockout blow to his rivals.
Punching 3-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, held up in touch, edged left and headway to lead 1f out, driven edged right and caught post, 2nd of 6, hd behind Onceaponatime (8-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Spin Again (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Chased leader, challenged 3f out, soon led, ridden and ran on well final furlong, won at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Feb beating Don Pele (8-13) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Efisio Princess 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 7l behind Absa Lutte (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Came Back (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, prominent on stands side rail, ridden and weakened halfway, last of 7, 19l behind Where's Reiley (8-8) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Calmdownmate (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Where's Reiley (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden to chase winner 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1l behind Waterloo Dock (8-6) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 6-4fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along to lead narrowly inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, just held on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Towy Boy (8-10) by shd, 12 ran.
Fulford 15-8fav (9-1) Dwelt, mid-divion, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Gracie's Gift (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.