NOVABRIDGE returned from a four month layoff with a win in soft ground at Ffos Las. A penalty is negated by an apprentice's claim and Neil Mulholland's charge can go in again in similar company. Spic 'n Span has plenty to find with the selection on latest running while Arch Walker looks in need of some respite from the handicapper judged on his recent placed efforts. Liberal Lady has claims dropping down a grade but last month's winners Whiskey Junction and Strategic Action would prefer a faster surface.
Novabridge 25-1 (9-4) Pushed along to chase leaders center, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and edged left, won at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Drinmoy Lad (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Arch Walker (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) Tracled leaders going well, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Juarla (8-10) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Liberal Lady 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 6l behind Tom Sawyer (9-1) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Picansort 16-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, headway over 2f out, not clear run against far rail inside final fuflong, kept on, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Tom Sawyer (9-1) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Danzoe (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Outpaced and never on terms, 9th of 10, 8l behind Alnoomaas (8-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Spic 'n Span 13-2 (9-3) Chased leaders center, kept on inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Novabridge (9-4) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Maltease Ah 2-1fav (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Medam (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Whiskey Junction 6-1 (9-5) Raced centre, prominent, outpaced over 3f out, rallied over 1f out, went 2nd inside final frulong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Portrush Storm (8-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gd.
Strategic Action (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, effort on inside to lead approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on until no extra and caught close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Lana (8-13) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf.
Minne Wa Wa 25-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 42l behind Izzet (8-11) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jun.
Copper Falls 20-1 (8-13) Very slowly away, always behind, last of 10, 19l behind Portrush Storm (8-5) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gd.
Fiona's Spirit (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Led over 3f out, ridden and headed halfway, carried left approaching final furlong, no extra, 9th of 12, 8l behind Sally's Swansong (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol.
Toms River Tess (IRE) 100-1 (8-4) Chased leaders 4f, 11th of 12, 18l behind Button Moon (9-7) at Brighton 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Green Mountain (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Illustrious Lad (9-3) at Kempton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol.