Harry Stock has proved a fine man to follow in amateur rider events of late and the youngster can boot home SACRED SQUARE in the finale. The former William Haggas inmate was a ready winner at Brighton last week, and on the face of it, a mandatory 6lb penalty should not be enough to prevent a repeat. Zarosa seemed to go well for a lady amateur at Carlisle and it could be significant that John Berry has elected to book Katie Margarson on this occasion. Taste The Wine is a previous course and distance winner and were the ground to remain on the softer side, Bernard Llewellyn's gelding would be a major player. Frosty Berry is far from the most prolific of winners though she has at least the benefit of being regularly partnered by this afternoon's rider, while Scribe raced far too freely last time and that disappointing effort can be safely overlooked.
Sacred Square (GER) 2-1fav (10-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd on outside 3f out, led over 2f out, soon hung left, ridden clear over 1f out, driven right out, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Crouching Harry (9-3) by 13l, 5 ran.
Frosty Berry 6-1 (10-2) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 4f out, soon chasing leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Victor's Bet (10-9) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Scribe (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up in mid-division, headway into 2nd place halfway, led briefly over 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 13, 17l behind Point The Toes (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) In touch, closed 10f out, led over 6f out, headed and ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Royal Etiquette (10-4) at Windsor 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gs.
Zarosa (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Took keen hold, tracked leaders on inside, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Point The Toes (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 1f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Star Of Mayfair (USA) 16-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 13l behind Landau (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 66-1 (8-2) Chased winner, lost place 3f out, soon ridden and behind, 6th of 7, 24l behind Giantstepsahead (9-13) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Candelita 20-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 18l behind Living Leader (10-13) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Ogaritmo 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway into 3rd after 3f, went 2nd halfway, le dover 3f out until well over 2f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, no chance with leading pair when weakened into 4th inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 10l behind Hell Hath No Fury (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Soundbyte 7-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, driven and went 3rd over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Underwritten (8-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Oliver's Gold 4-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden when headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.