MARFORD MISSILE made the most of favourable terms to beat higher rated horses than he takes on here when successful in a Folkestone claimer last week. He should be following up in this company. Lady Layla had gone close at Wolverhampton a couple of times before disappointing when favourite at Chester and Sujet Bellagio has struggled since his Polytrack maiden win at the start of the year. Tunnager Grove is another who has posted his best efforts on the all-weather so far, though he's still preferred to Tooley Woods and Ficelle.
Bitaphon (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, rider dropped whip over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Sardanapalus (9-7) at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Marford Missile (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Always prominent, driven halfway, led inside final furlong, soon strongly challenged, just held on, won at Folkestone 7f clm stks (6) gf beating Rakaan (9-10) by ns, 8 ran.
Sujet Bellagio 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 11, 6l behind Torres Del Paine (9-1) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Lady Layla 4-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind Frozen Over (9-1) at Chester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Make Me Smyle 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, lost touch over 3f out, 5th of 6, 18l behind Angel Way (8-12) at Ffos Las 6f mdn auc stks (6) sft.
One For The Girls 9-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened soon after, 5th of 7, 14l behind Tanforan (9-2) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug.
Tunnager Grove 13-2 (9-5) Held up, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden inside final 2f, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Alnoomaas (8-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Winnetou 28-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 34l behind Justbookie Dot Com (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Bov La Raconteuse 100-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, challenged over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 10l behind Offbeat Safaris (9-0) at Chepstow 7f app sell stks (6) gd.
Ficelle (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Spic 'n Span (8-7) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Sabore 11-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and one pace when carried head high from over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 7, 7l behind Iffraam (9-5) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Sovereign Waters 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 35l behind First Glance (8-5) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Thats Molly (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Prominent 3f, 14th of 16, 13l behind Xpres Maite (9-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gd.
Tooley Woods (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, went 3rd over 1f out, not able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 5l behind True Prince (8-7) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm.