Danube River returned to winning ways at Bath last week. An apprentice cancels out a chunk of her 6lb penalty and she's expected to make another bold bid. Follow The Flag is another recent winner carrying a penalty and he won't be far away but the lightly-raced SPRING TONIC makes more appeal. He'll appreciate this longer trip after the obligatory three runs in maidens and could prove well handicapped. Dazzling Valentine got the better of the disappointing Almuftarris at Brighton last month but recent Folkestone runner-up Titus Bolt is preferred.
Danube River 5-1 (8-12) Made all, pushed along over 2f out,in command when ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating The Giving Tree (9-5) by 3l, 11 ran.
Dazzling Valentine 11-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8f out, led over 4f out, ridden and headed 3f out, weakening when hung left over 2f out, behind and eased final furlong, 9th of 10, 29l behind Grand Liaison (8-4) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Spyder (11-6) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Laughing Jack 66-1 (8-3) Switched to race centre start, behind, ridden and outpaced 3f out, edged left towards stands side over 2f out, never on terms, 13th of 28, 10l behind Henry Allingham (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Ela Gonda Mou 28-1 (8-9) Chased leader, lost 2nd over 2f out, soon went right, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 15, 12l behind Moderator (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Spring Tonic 10-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden 2f out, chased winner 1f out, no impression, lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Net Whizz (9-3) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Almuftarris (USA) 3-1fav (9-2) Dwelt, held up in rear, carried right over 6f out, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 8l behind Silver Bullitt (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Sep.
Fine Altomis 6-1 (9-7) Led early, chased leader, challenged over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Ingleby Angel (9-2) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Mr Fickle (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 9, 5l behind My Mate Jake (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Maybeme 9-2fav (10-7) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Follow The Flag (11-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Dwelt soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, driven and rallied towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind Thecornishcowboy (9-4) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Sep.
Spanish Trail 66-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, lost place over 4f out, well beaten when hung left over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Iceman George (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.