ELUSIVE WARRIOR is a standing dish at this track and Alan McCabe's charge can boast no less than nine victories over C&D. The last of those was back in 2010, however, but he was beaten by only the narrowest of margins here a week ago and this is a much easier task. Spitfire is another looking to end a long losing run but he's yet to win over further than 6f though Putin could make the frame off his current mark. Crocodile Bay showed a bit more last time and Beachwood Bay makes more appeal than Soopacal over today's trip.
Spitfire 6-1 (9-7) Hung right throughout chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Jake The Snake (9-7) at Goodwood 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Beachwood Bay 10-3 (9-1) Held up in touch on inside, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Salik Tag (9-9) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Soopacal (IRE) 2-1fav (9-1) Towards rear and outpaced, kep ton final furlong, no impression, 5th of 12, 6l behind Just Like Heaven (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 33-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, rallied close home, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Flying Pickets (8-7) at Southwell 7f clm stks 0-75 (6) fbs.
Putin (IRE) 2-1fav (8-9) Reard badly leaving stalls, rapid headway on wide outside to lead 5f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon lost 2nd, no extra and lost 3rd close home, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Whitstable Native (9-3) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-55 (6) sft.
Norcroft 20-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 11l behind Jonnie Skull (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Conry (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Amber Moon 80-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, chased leader until ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 21l behind For What (9-13) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Avec Moi 66-1 (8-4) Led 1f, chased leader until over 4f out, soon lost place and behind, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Tawseef (8-13) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (6) sft.
Kieron's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (7-10) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 13, 11l behind Izzet (8-11) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jun.
Bridal Medic 33-1 (8-2) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 35l behind April Ciel (8-10) at Warwick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jun.
Abdul Malik 20-1 (8-8) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Footstepsofspring (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.