PETE is given the vote to land his hat-trick at the expense of Majorca and Newgate. The selection has hit top form this month winning back to back races at Kelso and Perth. He returns to the track running off the same mark as he did when winning last time out and we feel he is still ahead of the handicapper so he is worth staying on the right side of for the time being. Majorca has top weight to deal with but he did run well when finishing second to Boulders Beach at Southwell last time out, and has won off a higher mark in the past so is respected. Newgate bids for his hat-trick after wins over course and distance and most recently at Wetherby. He is seven pounds higher in the weights since that last victory and it remains to be seen how he will deal with that. A competitive handicap but Pete looks to be on the up grade and is favoured to continue in his winning ways.
Majorca 3-1fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased winner approaching next, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Boulders Beach (10-7) at Southwell 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Skylancer 7-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway to track leaders approaching 2 out, driven, stayed on from last, 4th of 11, 7l behind Dais Return (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Silver Adonis (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Behind, pushed along halfway, no danger after, 7th of 9, 49l behind Tell Henry (10-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Liberty Seeker (FR) 15-8fav (10-12) Mid division on outside, headway 5th, led going well approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden and headed last, not quicken flat, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Marlborough Sound (10-12) at Towcester 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Newgate (UAE) 13-2 (10-9) Held up, headway after 4 out, led approaching last, edged right flat, held on towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf beating Lawgiver (11-6) by hd, 10 ran.
Mansonn Leda (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon one pace, weakened last, 7th of 15, 18l behind Dancing Mist (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Halfway Cut 6-1 (11-4) Behind, mistake 5th, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 49l behind Boulders Beach (10-7) at Southwell 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
High Standard (NZ) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 17, 32l behind Safari Journey (11-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Sky Calling 12-1 (11-7) Keen, tracked leader, led 5th until 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 43l behind Circus Rose (11-2) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Trans Sonic 10-1 (11-1) In touch, outpaced when blundered 3 out, soon lost place, weakened next, 7th of 11, 33l behind Presque Perdre (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Mar.
Pete 15-8fav (10-6) Confidently ridden, held up in rear, smooth headway approaching 2 out, led last, shaken up, stayed on towards finish, won at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Nevsky Bridge (10-11) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Wheelavit (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway on outside 3rd, chased winner before 6th until 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Sir Ian (11-7) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Aleemdar (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden 5th, weakened 3 out, 13th of 16, 27l behind Picot de Say (10-10) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.