Follow The Flag, Battleoftrafalgar and Crunched all found Mark Johnston inmates too good on their latest starts and the Middleham trainer runs his winning debutante BELLE JOSEPHINE here. She scored over today's trip at Wolverhampton earlier this month and the Dubawi filly is fancied to find the improvement needed to follow up in handicap company. Bert The Alert got off the mark at the fourth time of asking when successful over C&D last month and there should be more to come from him, but Beau Fighter reverts to the Flat off a 6lb higher mark than when scoring at Southwell last May.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) In touch in rear, ridden and outpaced 3f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind True To Form (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Battleoftrafalgar 14-1 (9-4) Disputed lead, led over 11f out, ridden and headed 3f out, chased winner until over 2f out, weakened entering final 2f, 8th of 9, 31l behind Exemplary (9-13) at Kempton 2m hcap (4) pol.
Crunched 13-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Nezhenka (9-11) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Beau Fighter 7-2fav (8-5) Raced wide tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear entering final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in May beating The Lock Master (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bert The Alert 11-10fav (9-3) Keen, led after 1f, made rest, clear 2f out, pushed out final furlong, always holding on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Broughton Sands (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Belle Josephine 2-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, ran green in rear, headway on outside to track leader 8f out, pushed along halfway, led 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, rallied gamely to lead again inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol beating Red Shuttle (9-6) by 3/4l, 5 ran.