A mile on good ground or quicker has been the making of HOSTILE FIRE and there seems no reason to desert him now. Jamie Spencer retains the ride and the pair can defy a 6lb penalty for a very comfortable Nottingham success. Si Senor and Soul Of Motion have yet to score on Turf and Ajig appeals as the likeliest threat with the Johnson Houghton horses running well at present. A third of 14 in a fair Sandown handicap this month represented a best run for some time, she looks ready for this extra furlong and contends off an unchanged mark. Dream Impossible, unfortunate last time, has each-way claims off a decent rating.
Hostile Fire (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Missed break, held up in rear, headway 2f out, switched right over 1f out, led 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, idled, pushed out, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Greyemkay (8-5) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Si Senor (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Despot (9-10) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Soul Of Motion 9-2 (8-11) In touch, pushed along and headway 3f out, switched right over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, pushed out, readily, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar beating Moonlit Sky (8-11) by 1l, 5 ran.
Canova (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 8l behind Biotic (9-0) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Choice Of Destiny 13-2 (9-4) Towards rear, headway over 4f out, raced stand side from 3f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Green Zone (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Ajig 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Biotic (9-0) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Purple Spot 80-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 7l behind Patterned (9-0) at Windsor 1m mdn flls stks (5) gs.
Heartstrings 15-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, intimidated 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 15l behind Mister Uno (8-13) at Hamilton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Classic Mission 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, one pace, 5th of 10, 8l behind Glebe Spirit (9-4) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Dream Impossible (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Saddle slipped soon after start raced wide tracked leaders until unseated rider 3f out, in a race won by Arable (9-7) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs, 7 ran.
Nouvelle Ere 28-1 (9-3) In touch, headway halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 18l behind Ella's Delight (9-7) at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd in May.