SUNBULA had National Poet, who runs earlier on the card, back in third when landing a maiden race at Warwick. Charlie Hills' filly makes more appeal on her handicap bow than Astrum. The latter has found only one too good on his last couple of starts but has crept up the weights as a result while Duchess Of Gazeley has been upped the usual 6lb for winning a lesser grade event at Lingfield last month. Dual Polytrack winner Paddy's Saltantes is struggling for form but the lightly-raced Sultanah Heyam is another open to improvement handicapping for the first time.
Sunbula (USA) 4-1 (8-9) Raced keenly, made all, ridden and hung right inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Warwick 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf beating Bushel (9-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Astrum 9-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, steady headway over 3f out, chased leading pair over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Danehill Flyer (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Paddy's Saltantes (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up, pushed along briefly over 8f out, well beaten over 1f out, 7th of 8, 12l behind Portmonarch (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Money Talks 66-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, went 3rd close home, no impression, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Pitchoun (8-13) at Bath 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fm in Jun.
Sultanah Heyam 2-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Java Rose (9-8) at Chepstow 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jun.
Duchess Of Gazeley (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway to 3rd 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun beating Aloha (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Slip of The Tongue 10-11fav (9-6) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 8l behind Alpine Mysteries (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) std in Jun.
Miss Mitigate 25-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 11l behind Venue (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.