This is difficult and should develop into a tactical affair with a number of in-form, hold-up performers in opposition. George Baker delivered Lightning Spirit with typical dash to score here last time but Ned Curtis is in the plate now, presumably to offset the penalty for that success. Baker moves onto Lady Barastar who is extremely closely matched with Young Jackie on recent running, the latter clearly benefiting that day from the professional assistance of Tom Queally who takes the ride once again. However, BEACON LADY, another toting a 6lb penalty, is developing a real love affair with Brighton and sprinted impressively clear here last time under Nicole Nordblad. The combination reunite and can go in again in what is a fascinating little heat.
Lightning Spirit 7-2 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon clear, ran on well, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun beating Benandonner (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Beacon Lady 3-1 (8-4) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside 4f out, went 2nd 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden clear over 1f out, easily, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Steely (9-4) by 6l, 6 ran.
Ermyntrude 5-1 (9-2) Chased leader until over 2f out, 3rd and one pace after, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Aqua Ardens (9-6) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Tatting 22-1 (8-11) Towards rear on inside, lost place and outpaced halfway, headway when not clear run hampered and switched left over 1f out, switched right and stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 13, 5l behind Beauchamp Xerxes (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Lady Barastar (IRE) 4-1fav (8-7) Reared and unseated rider start, in a race won by Hector's Chance (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun, 13 ran.
Young Jackie 2-1fav (9-5) Dwelt soon in touch, headway 2f out, driven inside final furlong, led post, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jun beating Lady Barastar (9-2) by ns, 13 ran.
Benandonner (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway and switched right over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, ran on to 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Lightning Spirit (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Lindsay's Dream 20-1 (8-5) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 12l behind Beacon Lady (8-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Keyhole Kate 40-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, not clearest of runs over 2f out, headway and hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 8l behind Lightning Spirit (9-7) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.