KEENE landed an apprentices' race under today's rider at Wolverhampton last week. He looks the one to beat escaping a penalty. Petersboden finished third over track and trip last time and can race off the same mark here. He has a length to find with Sutton Sid on that form, though the latter has since been well beaten at Kempton. Special Mix is not out of this with a claimer taking 7lb off his back and Countess Lovelace may have improved since last seen at Windsor back in May.
Special Mix 50-1 (9-10) Slowly away, headway on outer to track leaders over 8f out, went 2nd 7f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
If I Were A Boy (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, some headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 7l behind Rutherglen (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Countess Lovelace 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out until 3f out, ridden and weakened quickly over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Plutocracy (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Keene 3-1fav (8-9) Prominent, pushed along halfway, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Icy Blue (8-8) by nk, 7 ran.
Ogaritmo 16-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Fearless Lad (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 5l behind Ssafa (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Scamperdale 25-1 (9-6) In rear, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 11, 6l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Sutton Sid 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, hung left on bend 2f out and soon weakened, 11th of 14, 15l behind Brave Decision (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Final Delivery 12-1 (9-8) Pulled hard towards rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 9l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Tuxedo 25-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 20l behind Golden Jubilee (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Petersboden 14-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2f out until inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Brave Decision (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Salient 33-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 6f out until over 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 25l behind Smokey Oakey (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Dolly Colman (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, plugged on final furlong, 5th of 6, 11l behind Sinaadi (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
The Ginger Berry 33-1 (8-11) In rear, headway over 2f out, not clear run entering final furlong, switched left, ridden and no impression, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Banreenahreenkah (8-6) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) gf in Oct.