A tough sprint handicap to finish the card and the vote goes to ISLAND LEGEND ahead of Tiger Trail and Peopleton Brook. The selection hails from the Milton Bradley yard that do well with their sprinters. The yard has been a little quiet on the winner's front but some of their horses have been running well. Island Flyer did not show a whole lot at three but put in an improved effort for his first run at four. He ran in a really competitive race for the grade on his seasonal reappearance and acquitted himself well. He should now strip fitter today and we expect him to be in the shake up today. Tiger Trail is another that made an encouraging seasonal pipe opener behind a real improver. He was only beaten half a length that day and finished ahead of the short priced favourite. So with progression very likely he is another that should go well. Peopleton Brook flew home in a half decent hands and hells race at Newmarket on his last start. That was a decent run but if the step down in trip is a concern. Others to note in a competitive race are The Lord and Thoughtsofstardom but Island Legend gets the nod.
Desert Strike 7-2fav (8-13) Went right and dwelt start, behind, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 15, 2 1/4l behind West Leake (8-9) at Bath 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Mazzola 7-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, under pressure 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, beaten when not much room soon after, last of 8, 26l behind Sometsuke (9-2) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
The Lord 66-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 6l behind Top Bid (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Island Legend (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 8th of 15, 6l behind Top Bid (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Tiger Trail (GER) 9-1 (8-7) Dwelt, in rear, headway to track leading pair over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Sherjawy (8-13) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Peopleton Brook 28-1 (8-2) Raced in rear, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-1) at Newmarket 6f app hcp (5) gf.
Thoughtsofstardom 14-1 (8-0) Led, driven and headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-1) at Newmarket 6f app hcp (5) gf.
Avrilo 4-1fav (8-11) Mid-division on inside, mounting a challenge and every chance when badly hampered approaching final furlong, eased soon after, not recover, 8th of 14, 4l behind Radiator Rooney (8-10) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Blessed Place 16-1 (8-5) Led, headed over 3f out, chased leader until over 1f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 7l behind Figaro Flyer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Louie's Lad 40-1 (9-7) With leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Straight Face (10-6) at Salisbury 7f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Commandingpresence (USA) 80-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 2f out, no impression when slightly hampered 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Hobson (8-11) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.