CATHCART CASTLE showed enough on debut to suggest that he can break his duck today, with A Little Bit Dusty and Spanish Pride other likely improvers. The Mick Channon-trained pick was a staying-on fourth of 14 over 6f at Windsor on his first start. He went well on the fast ground and should appreciate this immediate step up by a furlong, so he can take advantage. A Little Bit Dusty should also benefit from his Windsor selling debut earlier in the month, but that was not as strong as this contest and he may have to settle for the frame again. Spanish Pride was given an education in a decent-sized field at Newmarket first time and with the John Dunlop runners going well she should show a fair bit more this time around. Manchester Stanley will be a threat after coming on for his first effort when much closer over this trip at Lingfield, but preference today is for Cathcart Castle.
A Little Bit Dusty 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, pushed along before halfway, headway and hung left over 1f out, kept on and edged right inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Whoateallthepius (8-8) at Windsor 6f 2yo sll (5) gd.
Cathcart Castle 14-1 (9-3) In touch on rail, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Major Dude (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Manchester Stanley 33-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner until lost place well inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 8th of 11, 7l behind Da Ponte (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.
Newstarmcgrath 50-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in rear, outpaced halfway, last of 8, 19l behind Kojak (9-3) at Brighton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Van Doesburg (IRE) Westerner colt out of Winter Daydream.
Will Barrow Lucky Story colt out of Fareham.
Zakon (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced, modest effort on inside well over 1f out, 5th of 11, 14l behind Coeus (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Blaze On By 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inside, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 16l behind Tipsy Girl (9-0) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) fm in May.
Spanish Pride (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Dwelt and went left start, outpaced, kept on never nearer, 8th of 13, 13l behind Al Sharood (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn fll (4) gf in May.