FINE PAINTING caught the eye making up ground in the closing stages to finish third over C&D on her return to action. Gary Moore's filly gave the impression there was more to come and she gets the vote. First Bid was beating lower-rated horses in a seller at Wolverhampton a week ago and will find this tougher but Darrow and Millibar were not beaten far on their latest starts and could figure. Flamborough Breeze, Ghalaa and Lovage are all open to improvement and worthy of a second glance in the betting.
Saratoga Slew (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Took keen hold, led 1f, chased leader until 5f out, handy, chased winner 2f out, driven and stayed on in closing stages, always held, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Boudoir (9-3) at Lingfield 7f fll hcp (5) pol.
Fine Painting (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, not pace to reach leading duo, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Boudoir (9-3) at Lingfield 7f fll hcp (5) pol.
Red Mischief (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 12l behind Dark Castle (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Arctic Stryker 50-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and struggling inside final 3f, never a factor, 7th of 9, 7l behind Xinbama (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Flamborough Breeze 9-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and hard pressed over 1f out, kept on under pressure until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Moderator (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Darrow (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway entering final 2f, ridden to challenge winner entering final furlong, soon no impression and lost 2nd post, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Tigers Tale (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Millibar (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Lionrock (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Jay Bee Blue 66-1 (8-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 17l behind Famous Poet (9-3) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
First Bid 9-2 (8-12) Always prominent, led going well over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating Emma Jean (8-7) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ghalaa (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) Close up, led over 1f out, soon ridden and headed, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Wolf Spirit (8-9) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Stepturn 28-1 (9-3) Chased winner, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, weakened to 3rd inside final fdurlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Verse Of Love (9-3) at Warwick 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Lovage 6-1 (8-6) Raced wide, held up in rear, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 5th of 10, 6l behind Poetic Lord (9-5) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Baltic Flyer (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) With leader, led narrowly 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Berlusca (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Foot Tapper 12-1 (8-13) Dwelt, behind, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 25l behind Dishy Guru (9-7) at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.