SUGAR HICCUP was backed as though defeat was out of the question at Newton Abbot last week and duly obliged with the minimum of fuss. She was obviously suited by the faster ground and, given similar conditions here, should follow up under a penalty. Hawk Gold has proved consistent this year and has solid place claims again but the jury is out on course and distance winner Osmosia at present and Flashy Star and Al Amaan look beatable off their current marks.
Flashy Star 20-1 (10-3) Held up mid-division, ridden after 3 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 14, 25l behind Breaking Bits (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Al Amaan 16-1 (10-10) In rear, tailed off 3 out, in 7th place before 2 out, plugged on to take remote 4th after last, 4th of 12, 34l behind Border Station (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jun.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 5-6fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, clear 2 out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf beating Himrayn (10-10) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Osmosia (FR) 14-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 37l behind Guards Chapel (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Hawk Gold (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Held up behind in touch, headway on outside after 3 out, challenged and every chance next, kept on same pace approaching last, ridden and held when edged left flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Sarenice (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jul.
Lombok 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out where jumped right, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 45l behind Wom (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
What's For Tea 16-1 (10-4) With leader, ridden before 2 out, soon led, headed 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Deux Etoiles (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May.
Airedale Lad (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 10, well behind Realta Mo Croi (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.