LEXINGTON PLACE is back over his best trip and could be a factor here off bottom weight after fading over 7f at Doncaster last time. Seven Of Clubs will probably find a couple too good again but Boxing Shadows is interesting as he wasn't stopping at the end of 5f at Beverley last time. He makes more appeal than the exposed Indian Affair. Take The Lead won at Leicester in the autumn and should improve further this year while Laudation was second at Yarmouth two weeks ago and is now tried in a visor. Hartwright spoiled his chance at Pontefract by pulling too hard, however, and will need to settle better to get involved here.
Seven Of Clubs (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Arctic Admiral (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Boxing Shadows 10-1 (9-4) Rear division, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Tumblewind (9-1) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Dark Opal (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders centre group, led center group 2f out, kept on to lead overall towards finish, won at Newcastle 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug beating La Sylphe (9-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Meet Me Halfway 7-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Cappadocia (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Khefyn (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders over 3f, 8th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Space Artist (9-5) at Bath 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Indian Affair 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, went 2nd just over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Sylvia Pankhurst (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Hartwright 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 8l behind Hit The Lights (8-11) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Megamunch (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up, badly hampered on inside and lost place entering final 3f, switched right over 1f out, soon ridden and hung left, stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 3l behind Sylvia Pankhurst (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Bellitudo (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakening when not much room briefly inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Bluegrass Blues (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Take The Lead 11-4fav (9-0) Chased leader, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Leicester 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) sft in Oct beating Miss Avonbridge (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Jontleman (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Held up, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Intrigo (9-6) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Balinka 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 9th of 12, 7l behind Tumblewind (9-1) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Laudation 20-1 (8-12) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Burning Dawn (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Guishan 100-1 (9-0) In touch, hard driven well over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 14, 7l behind Iffraaj Pink (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn fll stks (5) gf.
Two In The Pink (IRE) 4-7fav (8-7) Steadied start, held up off the pace in 6th, smooth haedawy on outside over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, soon ridden and in command, eased close home, won at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan beating Batchworth Lady (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lexington Place 11-2 (8-13) Led early, chased winner until well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind Hoofalong (9-2) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.