THIRD HALF won twice on the Flat and made a winning start to his hurdling career at Worcester. He may be a better bet than the other winner Indepub, who may have stamina issues despite scraping home at Sedgefield last time. Altnaharra was well beaten at Market Rasen and looks modest and the three debutants didn't manage a win between them on the Flat. Chris Grant's Asteroid Belt may prove the best of them today.
Indepub 4-5fav (10-12) Held up mid-division, soon tracked leaders, led before 5th, ridden and headed before last, rallied to regain lead towards finish, gamely, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf beating Kealshore Again (10-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Third Half 5-2fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4th, led after 5th, jumped left from 3 out, driven and ran on well flat, won at Worcester 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd beating Khazium (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Altnaharra 28-1 (10-9) Towards rear, very slow 2nd, never on terms, 6th of 8, 26l behind Red Tyke (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd.
Asteroid Belt (IRE) 7-2fav (8-7) Held up towards rear, switched right 3f out, headway and not clear run over 2f out, went 3rd entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Jawaab (9-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd (flat).
Captain Baldwin 28-1 (8-3) Pressed leader, driven over 3f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 22l behind Sweet Fairnando (8-11) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Greyhope 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, weakened fom 3f out, last of 8, 45l behind Lady Kashaan (8-12) at Carlisle 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun (flat).