FLASH CITY came up just short attempting to land a gamble at Haydock four days ago. Ruth Carr's charge can make amends in this less competitive sprint. Perfect Blossom's course and distance win last month looks like a fluke as she's failed to figure in three subsequent starts but Space Artist is not out of this if back to his best. Salvatore Fury beat Jumbo Steps at Carlisle earlier in the month and can figure but Gottcher brings new meaning to the word unpredictable and Noodles Blue Boy was engaged to run at Beverley last night.
Space Artist (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Pushed along to chase leaders, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Barkston Ash (9-3) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Perfect Blossom 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 6l behind Rich Again (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Salvatore Fury (IRE) 4-1fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden and switched right over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Gold Beau (9-7) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gottcher 25-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 25l behind Mr Mo Jo (9-0) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Noodles Blue Boy 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Thatcherite (8-13) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Bunce (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Baron Run (9-8) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Jumbo Steps (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leader until ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 9l behind Jinky (9-4) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Flash City (ITY) 4-1fav (8-11) Reared start, in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Rich Again (8-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.