A Little Bit Dusty has gone up 10lb for winning an amateurs' race at Haydock last month and Justbookie Dot Com recorded both recent wins at this track in sellers over shorter trips. Cape Safari still looks high enough in the weights but Underwritten has a shout off his current mark. PENDRAGON had no chance in a decent handicap at Newmarket last time and ran accordingly but this is more his level and Brian Ellison's charge gets the token vote to return to winning ways.
A Little Bit Dusty 6-1 (11-2) Made all, ridden over 2f out, clear approaching final furlong, comfortable, won at Haydock 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Sep beating Artisan (10-6) by 8l, 7 ran.
City of The Kings (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 7l behind One Scoop Or Two (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Pendragon (USA) 25-1 (8-6) Chased leader stands side, led that pair well over 3f out, lost place inside final 2f, soon weakened, 26th of 28, 31l behind Henry Allingham (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Xpres Maite 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Les Verguettes (9-5) at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Justbookie Dot Com (IRE) 13-8fav (9-6) Held up in touch, good headway on outside over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol beating Gunner Will (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Son Vida (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch and keen, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Tapis Libre (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Tri Nations (UAE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 6th of 15, 8l behind Dar Es Salaam (8-9) at Newbury 1m 2f hcap (4) gd in Sep '08.
Star Date (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to lead after 1f, ridden and heade dover 3f out, soon hampered and weakened, eased when beaten final furlong, tailed off, last of 10, 36l behind Nicholascopernicus (8-13) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Underwritten 11-2 (9-1) Led after 1f, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 11, 6l behind Phase Shift (8-10) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) sft.
Spey Song (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, soon chased winner until towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Incendo (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol.
Boa 4-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, outpaced by leaders over 1f out, lost 3rd last strides, 4th of 8, 8l behind Veloce (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Cape Safari (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 3l behind Henry Clay (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.