Handmaid won a mares' only event at Worcester in June and carries a penalty for that success. WESTERN WAY may prove too good today as he went close at the same track last month when runner-up to the unbeaten Cole Harden. Don Cantillon's charge should have the beating of these with a similar effort. Motorhead and Gabby's Star are hard to fancy on the evidence of their debuts and Twice Shy makes more appeal than Private Jones of the newcomers.
Handmaid 5-4fav (10-10) In touch in 4th, led over 3f out, clear final furlong, won at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun beating Dardanella (10-13) by 4l, 12 ran.
Motorhead 40-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, plugged on final 2f, never involved, 5th of 11, 19l behind Doctor Harper (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (5) sft in Dec.
Private Jones Trade Fair gelding out of Dafne.
Western Way (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 7f out, went 3rd 2 out, soon hung left, swishing tail when hit with whip 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Cole Harden (11-2) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Gabbys Star 20-1 (10-7) Chased leader 3f, in touch, weakening when ran out 7f out and pulled up, in a race won by Garnock (10-0) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gf, 8 ran.
Twice Shy (IRE) Winged Love mare out of Juno Beach.