SHINING CROSS left last year's forgettable form behind when third on his Fibresand debut and first start for Jo Hughes. There should be more to come from him on this surface and he can open his account on favourable terms with the rest of the field including Mother Jones. The latter finished last on her only previous start at the track while Coastal Passage handles Fibresand well enough but made a mess of an easier chance at Wolverhampton last month. Masked Dance has plummeted down the weights since last May's win at Ascot and looks no nearer to regaining former glories and the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Coastal Passage 9-4fav (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakening when not much room inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 6l behind Media Jury (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Bird Dog 40-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 19l behind Seamster (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Masked Dance (IRE) 28-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Aubrietia (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Mother Jones 6-1 (9-1) Raced wide keen tracked leader, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Athaakeel (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Munaawib 33-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 14th of 15, 31l behind Jamarjo (11-0) at Doncaster 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jul.
Very First Blade 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 6l behind Flow Chart (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Shining Cross (IRE) 100-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, edged left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Repetition (8-12) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs.