SONG OF PARKES finally showed some improvement for her slide down the handicap when third at Lingfield last month. It could be the turn of Peter Grayson's mare today. Despite running well since, Miss Bunter is 8lb higher than her latest win over track and trip in January and may come up short again while Colourbearer and George Fenton have both struggled off higher marks since scoring here earlier in the year. Patience has run out with Haadeeth, who failed to land the odds at this track last week, but Invigilator and Dark Lane are not without a chance.
Song Of Parkes 50-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden clear and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Temple Road (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Miss Bunter 4-1fav (9-0) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not quite get to winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Cincinnati Kit (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Night Trade (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 7l behind Gabbiano (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Colourbearer (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Valdaw (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Climaxfortackle (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up last, headway on wide outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Amethyst Dawn (9-5) by shd, 8 ran.
Dickie Le Davoir 25-1 (7-12) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 11, 25l behind Aubrietia (9-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Beauty Pageant (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 13, 14l behind Al Khan (9-7) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Muftarres (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden on on inside over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 6l behind Avonvalley (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
George Fenton 7-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway towards inside and hung left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Avonvalley (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Haadeeth 10-11fav (9-0) Tracked leader, hard ridden and every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, hd behind Greenhead High (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dark Lane 3-1 (8-2) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, switched right approaching final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Where's Reiley (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol.
Reginald Claude 4-1fav (8-12) In touch on outside, effort on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Avonvalley (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Invigilator 11-2 (8-7) Mid-division on inside, switched right and headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Khawatim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.