Activate had little chance at the weights with Stand Guard on his only previous outing on this surface and should be thereabouts today. Scribe also handles the track and has leading claims after landing a couple of lowly handicaps at Wolverhampton last month. DONTPAYTHEFERRYMAN has won five times on the Fibresand, albeit over shorter trips, but today's distance won't be a problem for the winning hurdler and Brian Ellison's charge gets the nod. Underwritten has a chance on today's terms but is having his first start on Fibresand and has been off the track since September.
Activate 4-9fav (9-7) Led 3f, tracked leader, led again 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Jordaura (8-12) at Hamilton 1m 3f clm stks (6) gs.
Bubbly Braveheart (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Dwelt always in rear, outpaced over 4f out, behind over 2f out, 8th of 9, 33l behind Jonnie Skull (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Scribe (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 5th of 7, 4l behind Arashi (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Usquaebach 14-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Lean Machine (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb '11.
Barnacle 12-1 (8-3) Keen close up, dropped to rear 10f out, ridden and headway to go 4th 2f out, soon outpaced by leading pair, 4th of 6, 13l behind Almost Gemini (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 11-2 (8-13) Held up, headway to track leader 8f out, lost 2nd over 4f out, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, rallied to modest 3rd approaching final furlong, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Noguchi (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Turjuman (USA) 8-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 11l behind El Bravo (10-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol.
Underwritten 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, 10th of 11, 19l behind A Little Bit Dusty (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.