After looking very smart in two starts so far well side with KAPTAIN KIRKUP to land this Nursery Handicap despite the assessor using complete guess work to award his mark; Kylladdie and Gilburg look best placed to take advantage if the selection's burden is too high. Rated at a very useful looking 90 the selection has looked very impressive when landing both of his career starts so far. Both have come over this trip and with no yard sticks to judge his mark by we'll chance he can concede nearly a stone all around here and still come out on top. Kyladdie still looked a little green last time and lost plenty of ground to finish a distance last. If he can recover form that his maiden form offers hope and his mark is on the fair side. Gilburg found just one to good last time and should go even closer on this run with two pounds taken of her burden while Strike Shot has won his only start at this track and can be forgiven his last run. Plenty of guess work involved on all fronts here but Kaptain Kirkup has looked smart enough to defy these terms.
Kaptain Kirkup (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway to lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf in Jun beating Ailsa Carmel (8-11) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Strike Shot 33-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 19th of 20, 11l behind Monsieur Chevalier (8-12) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gs.
Kylladdie 10-11fav (9-1) With winner, ridden and hung right 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f out, last of 4, 14l behind Jack My Boy (9-4) at Pontefract 6f 2yo stk (3) gf in Jun.
Gillburg (USA) 7-1 (8-10) Led to halfway, ridden 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Angel Of Fashion (8-5) at Leicester 6f 2yo hcp (4) gf.
Bitter Honey 6-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Flipping (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft.
Cane Cat (IRE) 20-1 (7-10) Reared and went right start, took keen hold, led 1f, chased leader to over 4f out, stayed well there until weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 8, 12l behind Toga Tiger (9-7) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp (5) pol.
Lairy (IRE) 12-1 (7-12) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon outpaced, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Ginger Ted (7-13) at Nottingham 6f 2yo hcp (5) hvy.