THE BAY BANDIT only lost out by a short head here in March over this trip and although there are plenty of questions raised by his poor form since, at the likely prices he may just be worth chancing. Olympic Dream ran well at Kempton last time out against Swansea Jack and this was his first start on an artificial surface. Previous course winner Join Up has to be respected just 4lb higher than his last winning mark and My One Weakness poses a threat on his first Polytrack start. However, in a rather poor finale the tentative vote goes to The Bay Bandit.
Olympic Dream 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, not much room and switched left over 1f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Swansea Jack (9-0) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
The Bay Bandit 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 13th of 20, 13l behind Doorock (9-0) at Naas 6f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Shamarlane 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 12, 6l behind Grand Stitch (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Join Up 7-2fav (8-12) Raced wide towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Sir Ike (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
My One Weakness (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, race wide towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Watch Chain (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Reddy To Star (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders on outer, pushed along over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, last of 7, 14l behind Cyril The Squirrel (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Fair Bunny 33-1 (9-2) Close up on inside, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3l behind Desert Strike (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Royal Envoy (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon pushed along, always behind, 10th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Desert Strike (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Pie Poudre 7-1 (8-13) Towards rear, staying on in 6th on inside when hampered inside final 3f, no chance after, 7th of 9, 12l behind Gee Major (8-12) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) fm in Aug.
Aqua Vitae (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 12l behind Swansea Jack (9-0) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Abhainn (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Led until over 2f out, chased winner until 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 5l behind Cheery Cat (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Novillero 20-1 (8-6) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 10, 10l behind Dream Win (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.