SAFARI SPECIAL may be able to improve sufficiently to get the better of Avonvalley with Admin and Saxby the other candidates for top honours. The form of the Folkestone maiden in which Safari Special made his debut has worked out well with the winner going on to land a conditions race at Goodwood and the runner-up his maiden at Yarmouth. Peter Winkworth's charge was well supported in the market and is taken to recoup losses. Avonvalley sets the standard and should go close to losing her maiden tag; she's done everything right on all three starts and is hard to knock. Admin showed promise on debut but Ralph Beckett has yet to saddle a juvenile winner and may have to wait for a little longer yet although the Namid colt is clearly open to plenty of improvement. Saxby is the most interesting of the newcomers and is related to a juvenile winner and it will be interesting to see what the market makes of his chances but Safari Special is taken to land the opener.
Admin (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Broke well, settled behind leaders, switched right and headway over 2f out, challenged entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Kirsty's Boy (9-3) at Goodwood 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Saxby (IRE) Pastoral Pursuits colt out of Madam Waajib.
Bond Together 13-2 (8-9) Went left start and hampered soon afterwards, in rear, headway over 1f out, took 3rd when rider lost whip inside final furlong, not trouble 1st 2, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Six Wives (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo clm stks (5) pol.
Safari Special 10-3 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, ran green and outpaced over 1f out, kept on again inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Desert Auction (8-13) at Folkestone 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Apr.
Cane Cat (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 11l behind Royal Desert (9-0) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Avonvalley 11-2 (8-5) Mid-division, progress over 2f out, wide straight, edged right inside final furlong, ran on to close on winner near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Diamond Laura (8-6) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (4) pol.
Silver Grey (IRE) Chineur filly out of Operissimo.
French Connexion (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened 2f out, 12th of 15, 16l behind Raine's Cross (8-9) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Apr.