GRAND MEISTER came here for an apprentices' race a week ago and was very well supported. Always travelling nicely, he was always in command and escapes a penalty so should complete a quick double with his young rider's claim another bonus. Mark Johnston acquired Got To Dream from Kevin Prendergast and watched her win a little handicap on soft going at Beverley last week by an eased-down nine lengths. A 6lb penalty shouldn't be a problem and she's an obvious danger. The Middleham handler also runs Fire Fighting, another with a recent Beverley victory to his credit, and he ran very well over 1m2f at Newbury last time. Jarlath has won twice around here but has been raised 8lb for his recent success at Newbury while Invasor Luck was an odds-on chance when beaten in a maiden here last time.
Fire Fighting (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, 2nd entering final 3f, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Flippant (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Masterpaver 7-4fav (9-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Leaderene (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Invasor Luck (USA) 4-5fav (9-3) Led until 2f out, chased winner and soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Elbereth (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Anglo Irish 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 5th, headway on outside into 3rd 4f out, challenged and hung right 2f out, soon 2nd, ridden and still every chance over 1f out, carried right soon after, one pace into 3rd final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 3l behind Trip To Paris (9-7) at Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Got To Dream 7-4fav (9-3) Made all, soon clear, unchallenged, readily, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Saint Thomas (9-4) by 9l, 4 ran.
Jarlath 12-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, steady headway over 3f out, not clear run and switched left to inside entering final 3f, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, stayed on well, eased close home, won at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Slunovrat (8-1) by 2l, 14 ran.
Golden Journey (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Broke well, soon mid-division, headway over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 9, 7l behind High Church (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Grand Meister 5-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, closed over 3f out, led just over 1f out, stayed on well, clear towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 3f app hcap (4) pol beating Zanouska (8-12) by 3l, 6 ran.