COSIMO DE MEDICI hasn't won a race since obliging in a Cesarewitch trial at Newmarket, and while beaten a fair way on his last two starts, he is now some 6lb below that winning mark and is in a position to take full advantage. Connections were keen to have Richard Hughes aboard Double Cee and the ex-Richard Fahey inmate ran as if he will stay two miles when third over 1m5f in June. Our Folly gave a good account of himself in a hot contest at Pontefract and the five-year-old has to be respected in light of his stable's recent form. Sula Two dropped a big hint at Salisbury and Ron Hodges' inmate appears to get on well with his young claimer. Hi Note realised a mark in excess of 130 over hurdles and though this is her third race inside the space of 10 days, Sheena West's mare appears to be holding her form.
Sula Two 12-1 (8-10) Held up, pushed along 5f out, closed on leaders over 3f out, soon pressed winner, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Beyond (9-2) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Rocktherunway (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Cosimo De Medici 10-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon in touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 11, 10l behind Dark Ranger (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol.
Our Folly 9-2fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Riptide (9-1) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Double Cee 7-2 (9-7) Towards rear, dropped to last 6f out, ridden and headway 3f out, hung left 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 5l behind Tijori (8-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Hi Note 2-1fav (9-1) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4f out, challenged going well entering final 2f, every chance until no extra final 110 yards, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Miss Tiger Lily (8-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Kayef (GER) 10-1 (8-8) Chased leader until 8f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 8, 31l behind Herostatus (9-8) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Eshtyaaq 7-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 3f out, 4th of 6, 19l behind Deficit (8-11) at Bath 1m 5f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) fm.