ANDERTON was arguably a little disappointing when a beaten favourite on his seasonal reappearance at Pontefract but he still retains scope for improvement and should be ideally suited by dropping back down to the minimum trip. Best performances to date have both arrived over 5f at Beverley and York and one suspects connections will be surprised if he cannot shed his maiden tag in a maiden such as this. The obvious alternative is Cracking Choice, who has made the front four in ten of his eleven starts. He must surely notch a first success sooner or later and is a logical each-way alternative to the likely favourite. Queen Flush ran no sort of race last time but remains shortlist material based on previously useful efforts over this trip in fair maiden company.
Red Baron (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Lord Ashley (9-0) at Thirsk 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd in Apr.
Busy Bimbo (IRE) 66-1 (9-1) Always in rear, last of 10, 14l behind Divertimenti (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Algar Lad Kheleyf gelding out of Winding.
Anderton (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, slightly hampered soon after, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Mayaasem (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Cracking Choice (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Led, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 10, 6l behind Antonio Gramsci (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Wotalad 33-1 (9-2) Took keen hold chasing leading pair until halfway, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind Can You Conga (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Beacon Tarn 7-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 11l behind Natures Law (9-0) at Redcar 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf.
Magic Ice 9-2 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 16, 14l behind Natures Law (9-0) at Redcar 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf.
Queen Flush (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Always towards rear, last of 9, 19l behind The Art Of Racing (9-7) at Ripon 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.