Alluring Star has been threatening a return to winning ways and should be thereabouts once again and the same comment applies to Master Of Song. Boy The Bell won an amateurs race over track and trip last month with Lil Sophella close-up in third and those two are hard to separate. AMETHYST DAWN just failed to catch the winner at Lingfield on her penultimate start and given her high draw is not too much of a hindrance on this straight 7f, Alan McCabe's mare gets the nod.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader and keen, soon with leader, ridden inside final furlong, no extra last 100 yards, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Al Freej (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Imperator Augustus (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened, 11th of 14, 11l behind Ambitious Boy (9-12) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Alluring Star 7-1 (9-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on and held inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Monakova (9-8) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Shamrocked (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 9l behind Red Art (9-2) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf.
Master Of Song 11-4fav (9-4) Very slowly away, in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on and always held, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Nonaynever (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs.
Whitstable Native 15-2 (9-0) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind Perfect Mission (9-11) at Salisbury 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Boy The Bell 12-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 17, 4l behind Eeny Mac (11-3) at Redcar 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Kingscombe (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Resonare (9-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Lil Sophella (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, last trio, headway on inside when not clear run over 2f out until 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, strong challenge close home, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Lucy Bee (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Lady Cricketer 50-1 (8-11) Dwelt and hampered soon after start, held up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 20l behind Ambitious Icarus (9-9) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Cheers Big Ears (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, headway when hampered over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 9l behind Calm Attitude (9-6) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-55 (6) sft.
Chez Vrony 16-1 (8-12) In rear, wide into over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Jebel Tara (9-12) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Minty Jones 100-1 (8-8) Raced very wide towards rear, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 45l behind Marcret (9-7) at Chester 1m clm stks (4) gs in Jun.
Toothache 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt in touch, weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 14l behind Thorpe Bay (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Mr Snooks 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 32l behind Little Indian (8-6) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Branston Jubilee 25-1 (8-9) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 14l behind Haajes (9-7) at Redcar 5f sell stks (6) gf in May.