A competitive race to conclude the card and PADDY BEAR can take advantage of a plumb nearside draw to follow up his recent maiden win at the track, while Hysterical Lady looks a leading rival. Richard Fahey¿s colt was very game when headed by Seldom in the closing stages and got back up to win over course and distance last time, and a mark of 71 looks very reasonable for his handicap debut. The ground will suit and with the yard going well he looks the one to beat. If anyone can lower his colours then perhaps it will be Hysterical Lady. She ran well over 5f last time and the return to this trip looks a big positive, though she doesn¿t have the best of draws. Raimond Ridge is ultra-consistent, which is reflected in his mark, but he will be hugely competitive today provided he handles fast ground on his first attempt. Moonlight Affair should handle conditions if pedigree holds any weight but she does have a bit to prove after being thrashed when last seen in a Leicester nursery. The drop back in trip looks a plus for Blue Noodles, who ran very well before tiring at Catterick over 7f last time and could emerge as a leading player today, while Liberty Diamond has to prove herself in this ground. Paddy Bear is the one for us.
Captain Scooby 20-1 (8-7) Towards rear, headway 2f out, not much room and switched right over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Mister Laurel (8-10) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Raimond Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, pulled hard, headway over 1f out, running on and disputing 2nd when checked last strides, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Cecily (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Moonlight Affair (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Always behind, 16th of 17, 22l behind Caledonia Princess (8-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo fll hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Liberty Diamond 5-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind The Kyllachy Kid (9-3) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Oct.
Paddy Bear 5-2 (9-0) In touch, led over 1f out, staying on when headed close home, rallied to regain lead post, won at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Apr beating Seldom (8-7) by shd, 15 ran.
Bermondsey Bob (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Driven along from start, soon chasing leader, ridden when hit rail over 2f out and weakened soon after, last of 11, 22l behind Joe Caster (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Hysterical Lady 2-1fav (8-12) Held up, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Titus Andronicus (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Blue Noodles 11-2 (9-4) In touch, led after 1f, ridden along 2f out, driven and headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Rising Kheleyf (8-12) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Legal Legacy 28-1 (9-3) Behind, stayed on well from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Real Diamond (8-12) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gs in Oct.