The previously disappointing PORTWAY FLYER drew clear of an admittedly modest field at Doncaster on Friday and a penalty shouldn't prevent a follow-up if he's in the same mood. Motou won in a lower grade at Southwell last month but the runner-up has let the form down since. He may also need a stiffer test than this while Moscow Me's hat-trick bid hit a wall at Huntingdon last month, though he might have needed the run. Take The Mick showed little on his return but that was only his fifth start under Rules and he may have more to offer.
Portway Flyer (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Prominent, led 7th, clear when edged left before 2 out, eased inside final 100 yards, won at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov beating Wintered Well (10-8) by 9l, 16 ran.
Moscow Me (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Led until 2nd, tracked leader, led after 5th, headed and blundered 3 out, soon beaten, 6th of 7, 10l behind Bernardelli (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Motou (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Held up in last pair, steady headway to 4th 3 out, challenged and wandered under pressure between last 2, led last, kept on well flat, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Lord Landen (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Take The Mick 7-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 3rd or 6th, every chance before 3 out, weakened approaching next, tailed off, 7th of 14, 45l behind Red Admirable (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Bells Of Berlin 10-1 (10-10) Mid-division, went 5th before 2 out, one pace, 5th of 15, 26l behind Detroit Red (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Queen Spud 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 7th, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on flat, pressing for 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Errol Flynn (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders until ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Proud Times (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.