LUTINE BELL produced a remarkable performance to win over course and distance at the last meeting and will be strongly fancied to strike again; Hot Pursuits and Admirable Duchess may be the two to chase him home. The selection has been very slowly into stride the last twice now and appeared to have lost his race as a result last time but he produced a storming run to take up the lead at the furlong pole and won going away. He has a penalty to carry but that is unlikely to stop him if he's in the same mood. Hot Pursuits shaped with promise here in April but the form hasn't worked out as well as might have been hoped for and she may be best watched unless attracting support. Chat De La Burg is another to note in the market as he looked promising last season and can't be written off yet whilst a series of decent efforts this season from Admirable Duchess bring her into the equation. Nepotism and Black Baccara also have minor place claims with Lutine Bell taken to strike gold.
Lutine Bell 9-4fav (9-7) Slowly away and lost 4 lengths, soon recovered, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon edged left, ran on, readily, won at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm beating Rebecca Romero (8-2) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Chat De La Burg (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Pulled hard, steadied rear, pushed along on outside halfway, soon beaten, 11th of 12, 14l behind Crown (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Hot Pursuits 15-2 (9-3) Behind, headway halfway, ran on final furlong, not reached winner, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Felsham (9-2) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Apr.
Admirable Duchess 9-2 (8-7) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Pin Cushion (8-12) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo fll stks (5) gf.
Nepotism 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lutine Bell (9-7) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
Black Baccara 5-1 (8-12) Dwelt, mid-division, switched left and headway 2f out, joined leader and every chance from over 1f out, led briefly well inside final, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Bertie Southstreet (9-6) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.