EUTROPIUS continued on his upward curve when winning his handicap debut at Pontefract during the week. A 6lb penalty looks unlikely to prevent him from landing a hat-trick in this company. Uncle Brit ended last season in fine form though he's up another 5lb for finishing second at Carlisle in September while the same month saw Silly Gilly win an amateurs race at Beverley and she'll find this tougher. Pravda Street won a couple of claimers last season but, like the remainder of the field, arrives for this badly out of form.
Eutropius (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased leading pair over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led final furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Alluring Star (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Joshua The First 9-1 (9-2) Slowly away, outpaced and detached, never a factor, 10th of 11, 21l behind Sunley Pride (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Pravda Street 17-2 (9-4) Ridden along leaving stalls, towards rear, not much room and switched right well over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 8l behind Whispered Times (8-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Just Fabulous 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, 12th of 13, 29l behind Jo'burg (9-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, never a factor, 15th of 16, 30l behind Dolphin Rock (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Uncle Brit 9-2 (8-13) Close up, led 2f out, ridden and hung right final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 15, nk behind Joshua The First (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Silly Gilly (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep beating Hernando Torres (10-7) by 1l, 11 ran.
Coral Sands (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, never able to challenge, beaten when eased final furlong, 6th of 12, 24l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-2) at Southwell 1m mdn hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jul.
Koo And The Gang (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Led far side, headed over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 8th of 15, 21l behind Spavento (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.