Course and distance winner AZRAEL just failed to catch the winner at Leicester on his latest start. The third horse has subsequently won and Alan McCabe's charge can come out best in this lesser company. Comrade Bond is upped in class after last month's third over track and trip while Excuse To Linger has come up short off his current mark so far this season. Fantasy Gladiator has separated a couple of poor efforts with a victory over track and trip but Whipper Snapper makes more appeal back over 7f.
Azrael 25-1 (9-3) Went left start and bumped, tracked winner until ridden over 2f out, rallied to chase winner inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Askaud (9-6) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Comrade Bond 9-2 (9-7) Prominent, raced towards far side alone over 4f out, joined leader halfway, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Fantasy Gladiator (8-11) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Excuse To Linger 4-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 1 1/4l behind Baltic Prince (8-11) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Darnathean 11-4fav (8-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Brocklebank (9-0) at Ascot 7f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Greensward 40-1 (9-10) Behind, soon detatched, never a factor, 10th of 11, 27l behind Askaud (9-8) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Whipper Snapper (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) In rear, not clear run over 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 2nd towards finish, not trouble winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Picture Dealer (9-12) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Fantasy Gladiator 8-1 (8-12) Went right start, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 18l behind Brocklebank (9-0) at Ascot 7f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Olney Lass 16-1 (8-6) In touch in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 7l behind Fantasy Gladiator (8-11) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.