FRONTLINE PHANTOM was gelded over the winter which probably contributed to him posting an improved effort on his reappearance over C&D. He ran out a cosy winner on that occasion and there looks more to come from Elaine Burke's charge. Sixth-placed Sharakti has since boosted the form with a victory and should go well again here, while last September's York winner Veiled Applause is another with claims. Kidlat is best on the all-weather however, and El Dececy has yet to prove he stays the trip.
Kidlat 3-1 (9-0) Soon led, quickened pace over 3f out, headed over 1f out, rallied near finish, 2nd of 5, hd behind Fashionable Gal (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Veiled Applause 14-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well towards finish, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Mirrored (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
El Dececy (USA) 16-1 (8-7) Led stands' side group and overall leader, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 27l behind Lord Aeryn (9-1) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Desert Vision 10-1 (8-12) Chased leading trio, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 22l behind Desert Romance (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Elmfield Giant (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Raced keenly in mid-division, headway when hung left over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 14, 11l behind Ubi Ace (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Sharakti (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Made all, set steady pace until quickened 5 lengthes clear over 6f out, strongly challenged from well over 1f out, hard driven, held on gamely, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Locum (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 3 ran.
Frontline Phantom (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well on inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Zafranagar (8-10) by 2 1/2l, 20 ran.