The champ has a few promising rides here today and WHISKY YANKEE may be another towards the new season's total. He was very well backed when dropped into this grade at Worcester earlier in the month and, though only fourth, is another pound lower here. Ocean Club and Larteta may need this but Elmore Back has the form to figure and makes more appeal than Wild Card at the weights. Ballinalacken ran very well over course and distance at the start of the month but then disappointed at Plumpton eight days later.
Elmore Back (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway after 7th, not fluent 3 out, close up 2 out, not much room when mistake last, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Ballyheigue Bay (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Wild Card 10-3 (11-6) Led until before 2nd, led after 5th, headed before 2 out, stayed on same pace before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 10l behind Frankie's Promise (11-6) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Whisky Yankee (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, last and struggling 4 out, headway approaching 2 out, chased leading pair between last 2, kept on same pace run-in, no extra in 4th towards finish, 4th of 13, 8l behind Colebrooke (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Ballinalacken (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Led, pushed along approaching 4 out, headed next, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 16l behind Gores Island (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Ocean Club 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, slow 2nd and 3rd, led 8th, headed after 10th, soon lost place, pulled up after next, in a race won by Samstown (10-3) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Ladies Dancing 11-2 (10-13) Led, ridden 3 out, not fluent 2 out, headed last, no impression on winner final 75 yards, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind August Hill (11-4) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Larteta (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, soon weakened, remote 4th, 4th of 6, well behind The Young Master (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.