WALTER WHITE beat the odds-on Akdam over track and trip four weeks ago when debutant Karl Marx swerved and unseated his rider at the first. The latter has been placed at Fontwell and here since but Philip Hobbs' charge should come out on top again and double his tally. Studfarmer has won a couple of sellers on the Flat and may be the best of the newcomers if his stamina holds out as Complexity has lost his way since winning a Folkestone maiden as a two-year-old.
Walter White (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (3) gf beating Akdam (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Complexity 20-1 (9-3) Pulled hard close up, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 15, 10l behind West Leake Hare (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul (flat).
Karl Marx (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Jumped right, led until slowed up into 1st, in touch, bumped rival 2nd, ridden 5th, outpaced 3 out, rallied to press for 2nd when wandered badly and slowed up into 2 out, lost momentum and dropped to 3rd from last, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Baltic Blade (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gf.
Studfarmer 6-1 (8-5) Close up, ridden halfway, soon lost place, 8th of 9, 17l behind Claude Greenwood (8-5) at Leicester 7f 3yo clm (6) gd in May (flat).
Castell Avon 100-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, outpaced and towards rear throughout, 13th of 17, 18l behind Shore Step (9-1) at Bath 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr (flat).