FRANKLINO was a surprise winner over 2m4f here two weeks ago but that was only his third start for Chris Gordon and he's always had ability. He may have been freshened up by his new surroundings and can get the better of Bold Raider, who won over the trip at Newton Abbot last month but was then beaten at Uttoxeter and has gone up a further 2lb since. Doctor Ric won over fences here last time but races off an 11lb higher mark over hurdles and Ffos Las runner-up Thomas Bell is 3lb out of the handicap.
Franklino (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, led 3 out, mistake 2 out, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf beating Capellini (11-3) by 5l, 15 ran.
Bold Raider (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Mid-division on inside, in touch after 4th, switched outside and went 2nd after 8th, challenged 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace approaching last, well held when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Long Wave (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Doctor Ric (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 3rd, clear before 3 out, eased heavily, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gf beating Sadler's Star (11-7) by 17l, 10 ran.
Thomas Bell (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, ridden after next, 5 length down in 3rd when hit last, went 2nd flat, stayed on towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Isthereadifference (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.