PERFECT CRACKER was expected to improve for his second run back from a lay-off and did so in no uncertain terms when running out an easy winner of a maiden race here a week ago. With further progress expected over this extra furlong, Clive Cox' charge can defy a penalty and makes more appeal than other recent 7f winners Cheylesmore and Russian Ice. The latter pair have both been raised 5lb so Prodigality may prove a bigger threat on his handicap debut, as he's having only his third start after opening his account at Wolverhampton earlier this month.
Casual Mover (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Pulled hard, raced center, settled in mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 15l behind Art History (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Perfect Cracker 5-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led well over 1f out, soon clear, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Hooligan Sean (8-12) by 10l, 10 ran.
Prodigality 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders on outside, smooth headway to lead over 1f out, driven out final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol beating Aqua Ardens (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Cheylesmore (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Made all, 2 lengths clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct beating Aviso (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Russian Ice 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway well over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Tislaam (9-6) by 1l, 13 ran.
Jolah 8-1 (9-7) Steadied start, took keen hold in 5th, outpaced over 2f out, no chance after, 6th of 7, 7l behind Redvers (9-8) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Patriotic (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, headway halfway, effort over 2f out, soon one paced, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Beautiful Day (8-7) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.