BARTACK was a convincing winner when last visiting this track, running out a smooth scorer from Caramack, confirming the steady progress of previous starts. Luca Cumani then sent him north for a competitive Carlisle handicap against his elders but things seemed to happen too quickly against battle-hardened sorts and he was never competitive. Back at the scene of his previous success he can land another small-field victory. Sadiq is a potent threat however, also returning to the location of his maiden triumph in what appeared an above-average contest for the venue. He's going the right way and is highly respected. Elusive Band has shown little to date and Honey Of A Kitten is preferred for the minor placing.
Bayleyf (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 13l behind Victoire De Lyphar (9-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 5-1 (9-10) Raced towards far side, led this trio, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra near finish, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Saint Jerome (9-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bartack (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Held up in mid-division, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, no headway, 12th of 15, 6l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Sadiq 11-4 (9-5) Tracked leader, led 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, won at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf beating Apparently (9-5) by 1l, 5 ran.
Elusive Band (USA) 40-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 28l behind Morpheus (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Jun.