HAPPY ANNIVERSARY can land this on her sixth attempt; the main dangers appearing to be Dean Larracht while market support for Distinctive Spirit should be noted. A line through Shadow Bay leaves very little to choose between Happy Anniversary and Dean Larracht but the feeling is that Vicky Haigh's filly is likely to be better suited by the rain softened conditions that are likely to prevail. The front three in the Nottingham maiden contested by Happy Anniversary pulled quite a long way clear and with the third been the consistent Lisburn, the form looks relatively solid in the context of this race. Dean Larracht is open to further improvement and showed good speed throughout last time, the front two drawing well clear of a moderate field. That was selling company but the return to maiden company poses a stiff test. The Kevin Ryan trained Distinctive Spirit who's yearling price was considerably lower to that paid for him as a foal, is out of a six furlong winning mare. Being American bred, he would not want the ground to deteriorate while Liberty Trail, who completely missed the break on debut, showed he had learned quite a bit for that experience when finishing second last time out. Karl Burke's yard has begun to saddle juvenile winners in recent weeks and Ursula is an interesting newcomer being a half-sister to a former smart juvenile filly called Sans Reward who raced for Brian Meehan. Happy Anniversary is given the vote to break her maiden tag. (John McDonnell)
Distinctive Spirit (IRE) Elusive City colt out of winning sprinter Prince's Passion.
Rising Kheleyf (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Always rear division, 11th of 12, 18l behind Alexander Gulch (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Grissom (IRE) Desert Prince colt, half-brother to winning sprinter Katie Boo.
Jatman 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt, always behind, 8th of 9, 16l behind Jobe (9-3) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Liberty Trail (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Led, headed 2f out, every chance final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Suruor (9-3) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn auc (5) gd in Jul.
Ursula (IRE) Namid filly, half-sister to 6f & 7f winner Sans Reward.
Dean Iarracht (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, ran on well final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Shadow Bay (8-11) at Ripon 6f 2yo sll (6) gd in Jul.
Happy Anniversary (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) In rear, switched right 2f out, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, hung left, no impression, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Shadow Bay (9-1) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.