A beaten favourite at Wolverhampton early this month, BRIGADOON made amends at Musselburgh last week with a cosy three length victory. A 6lb penalty may not be enough to prevent Philip Kirby's charge following-up if he's in the same mood today. Bright Applause is only 2lb higher than when landing the second leg of a double earlier in the season and should figure along with Strike Force. The latter has tumbled down the weights and steps up in trip here but Wexford winner Time Of My Life has had just the two starts for Patrick Holmes and is not easily dismissed back over 1m4f. Gods Gift makes his handicap debut and is another to note on his return from a lay-off.
Pertemps Networks 7-4 (10-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Stand Guard (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Brigadoon 9-4fav (9-7) Held up, headway over 5f out, led over 2f out, rider dropped whip inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Rawaafed (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Bright Applause 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 7l behind Kuantan One (9-1) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Time Of My Life (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 4l behind Oetzi (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Strike Force 33-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Maybeme (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Gods Gift (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Raced wide, tracked leaders, went 2nd 8f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Masaadr (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Valentine's Gift 22-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 10l behind City Ground (10-2) at Beverley 1m 2f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.