Warden Bond and Silly Billy were both well beaten last time having won at this track on their penultimate starts. Pat's Legacy ended a two-year losing run at Brighton but doesn't appeal off a 5lb higher mark today while Testa Rossa still appears to be in the handicapper's grip. Birdy Boy posted a better effort on his latest outing, but it could pay to stick with ICY BLUE given Richard Whitaker's charge went very close off today's mark last week having scored over track and trip before that.
Warden Bond 7-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace when bumped inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 10, 6l behind Diletta Tommasa (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Silly Billy (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Camerooney (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Master Of Song 25-1 (8-9) Bolted and completed one lap of the course, slowly away in rear, weakened over 3f out, virtually pulled up, last of 16, well behind Amulet (8-12) at Nottingham 1m (5) gd.
Pat's Legacy (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Stumbled start, led, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, unchallenged, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Bloodsweatandtears (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Silvas Romana (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, eaded over 2f out, taied off, last of 9, 39l behind Burning Dawn (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Sep.
Birdy Boy (USA) 5-2 (9-2) Led narrowly, driven and hard presed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Bertie Moon (9-0) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Testa Rossa 10-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden and headway to chase leader over 1f out, soon led, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Monzino (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Brown Pete (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 21l behind Compton Bird (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Hanalei Bay (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, ridden and beaten when edged left over 1f out, 6th of 10, 13l behind Rasselas (9-2) at Ayr 1m app hcp (6) gd.
Delightful Sleep 7-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Admirable Art (8-11) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
Icy Blue 9-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along chasing leaders, went 2nd 7f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Geeaitch 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, no impression, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Sword of The Lord (8-11) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Punditry 40-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, set strong pace, driven over 3f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Lybica (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.