FOOTSTEPSOFSPRING finally took advantage of his tumble down the weights with a win over C&D in April and went in again over track and trip a fortnight ago. He's 4lb higher but has plenty to play with on his best form and can confirm running with Warden Bond, One Of Twins and Crystal Sky. Victorian Number has a shout off his current mark on the back of a second at Kempton with Storm Runner a length behind in third while Diamond Sunrise and Mac Tiernan should both have come on for their seasonal debuts.
Footstepsofspring (FR) 9-4fav (9-10) Held up, headway over 2f out, effort when edged left 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Warden Bond (9-8) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Valley Tiger 22-1 (8-7) Behind most of way, strugging in rear over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 15, 42l behind Flying Applause (9-3) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Clearing House 28-1 (8-3) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind St Oswald (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f app clm stks (6) pol.
Hyde Lea Flyer 22-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division centre, ridden 2f out, soon behind, last of 10, 15l behind First In Command (9-6) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun.
Storm Runner (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Abriachan (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-58 (6) pol.
One Of Twins 11-1 (9-6) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Footstepsofspring (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Warden Bond 5-1 (9-8) Held up, pushed along 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to press winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Footstepsofspring (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Victorian Number (FR) 16-1 (8-11) Fast away, led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on well for pressure, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Abriachan (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-58 (6) pol.
Mac Tiernan (IRE) 11-8fav (9-0) Chased leaders, under pressure over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Fault (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Diamond Sunrise (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 11, well behind Harare (8-12) at Ayr 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Cathcart Castle 20-1 (9-6) Led after 1f, headed 4f out, prominent, ridden over 2f out, no impression when not much room over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 9l behind Dora's Sister (8-12) at Catterick 7f Classified Stakes (0-65) (3yo+) (6) sft.
Head Down 25-1 (9-2) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, carried left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 8l behind Bidable (8-11) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun '10.
Crystal Sky (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 8l behind Footstepsofspring (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.