Karate could go close having won off a lower mark over track and trip at this time last year. The unreliable Indian Violet also has claims if on one of his going days but TOTAL OBSESSION looks a safer bet to run her race. A course and distance winner in March, Mark Hoad's mare looks capable of scoring off today's higher mark on her latest second at this track to Poetry Writer. Chandrayaan's recent Kempton win came in an even lower grade than this but Orla has scope for improvement.
Karate (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Raced wide in close 5th, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 12, 8l behind Rezwaan (9-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Indian Violet (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up in last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final furlong, never on terms, last of 7, 6l behind Bold Ring (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Total Obsession 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, headed and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Poetry Writer (9-6) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr.
Chandrayaan 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Rezwaan (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Ernest Speak (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Soon led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 24l behind Downtown Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Orla (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to press leader, led 6f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Storm (8-11) at Kempton 1m Fillies Maiden Auction Stakes (3-5yo) (5) pol in Mar.
Opus (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 8l behind Pastoral Jet (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Cuthbert (IRE) 14-1 (8-0) Towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 11l behind Intomist (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Titan Diamond (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) In touch, weakening when short of room entering final 2f, last of 9, 12l behind Archelao (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.