RED MYSTIQUE went close over track and trip last week and was placed over a longer distance here under today's amateur back in December. He gets the vote to go one better. Supa Seeker has slipped down the weights and finished closer at Southwell last time while Shambo Hill Theatre has won one of these events at Nottingham with Vicki Wood doing the steering and is only 3lb higher today. Merrjanah goes well for today's rider and can make the frame.
Merrjanah 40-1 (10-0) Steadied and reared start, held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Flag Of Glory (10-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
State Senator (USA) 20-1 (9-1) Set strong pace, clear 9f out, pushed along halfway, soon headed, weakened 4f out, eased over 2f out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Lakota Ghost (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Shamo Hill Theatre 33-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Honoured (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Red Mystique (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leader 2f out, edged left and led over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Sommersturm (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Turjuman (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Dwelt soon behind, 7th of 8, 42l behind Lakota Ghost (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Faranadooney (USA) 50-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, moderate 10th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 14, 29l behind Pique Sous (9-11) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol.
Love Pegasus (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out, 11th of 14, 22l behind Sommersturm (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Waldsee (GER) 6-1 (9-4) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 10, 10l behind Rosie's Lady (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan.
Supa Seeker (USA) 15-2 (10-4) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, ran on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Peace In Our Time (10-4) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Richo 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up towards rear, not much room on inside over 4f out, headway towards inside well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Party Palace (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Rasteau (IRE) 50-1 (8-3) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 45l behind Speed Steed (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Blue Pencil 33-1 (8-2) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along and struggling 3f out, soon lost place, 10th of 13, 20l behind Sir Dylan (8-8) at Bath 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug.