A pretty desperate affair in which Rita Speak must have some sort of chance dropping into a seller for the first time and sporting blinkers. COVERHOLDER also tackles selling company for the first time and was a strong favourite at Folkestone earlier this month. Lightly-raced, he must win this off a low weight if he is to have any kind of future. Samantha Drake has won on Marino Prince before but he fell at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and appears to have lost his way while Terenzium isn't the force of old either. Quite Sparky has been showing a bit more lately and looks best of the rest.
Marino Prince (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Led 2nd, soon clear, hit and joined 5th, 2 lengths clear when fell 2 out, in a race won by The Society Man (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 12 ran.
Terenzium (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Gumnd (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Led, headed before 5th, chased leader, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 9th of 14, 38l behind Waltz Darling (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Copt Hill 28-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 21l behind Highland Love (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.
Topo Gigio (FR) 66-1 (10-3) Held up behind in touch, headway on outside 4 out, driven and outpaced before 2 out, no impression, 8th of 9, 34l behind Knight Valliant (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Dolly Royal (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Always in rear, 8th of 11, well behind Doyly Carte (11-3) at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs.
Rita Speak 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened before 4 out, 5th of 10, well behind Ivor's King (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct.
Shaker Style (USA) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, ridden and outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 4th of 8, well behind Rupestrian (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Jun '09.
Quite Sparky 14-1 (9-9) Led until 4th, led again next, headed before 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 17, 6l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Napoletano (ITY) 6-1 (10-2) In rear, ridden 5th, headway before 2 out, ridden and stayed on flat, 4th of 12, 11l behind The Society Man (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Coverholder (IRE) 5-4fav (10-1) Took keen hold, with leaders, ridden after 2 out, weakened before hit last, 4th of 9, 18l behind Fitandproperjob (10-10) at Folkestone 2m 1f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Mind Shower (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Always behind, 15th of 17, 47l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.