LIFE AND TIMES showed little on the Turf last season after a promising debut and finished tailed off on heavy going here in October. He reappeared to score at Wolverhampton and a 5lb rise didn't prevent a spectacular success back there on Saturday. He has a 6lb penalty to carry but will go up much more than that when reassessed. Ishikawa has won five times on the Flat but only once on Turf and isn't badly treated taking Robbie Fitzpatrick's claim into account while Mixed Message, a winner over hurdles in October, will be better for her run at Southwell last month. Lord Franklin and Surround Sound are both capable of winning races this season and Kyllachy Star has dropped to a tempting mark.
Life And Times (USA) 4-11fav (9-7) Tracked leader, switched right over 2f out, led going well over 1f out, soon clear, very easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Tiger Reigns (9-5) by 10l, 5 ran.
Ishikawa (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Raced keenly, led early, tracked leader 1f, chased leading pair, went 2nd on inside well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Spes Nostra (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Hakuna Matata 16-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 17, 3l behind Ingleby Angel (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) gf in Oct.
Barren Brook 8-1 (9-2) Pulled hard in mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 20, 9l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Warfare 12-1 (8-9) Raced wide, tracked leaders after 2f, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Mondlicht (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Lord Franklin 4-1 (9-6) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Jordaura (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Surround Sound 18-1 (8-1) Always behind, 14th of 17, 20l behind Ingleby Angel (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) gf in Oct.
Mixed Message (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led early, close up, ridden and lost touch 4f out, last of 5, 17l behind Handsome Stranger (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Kyllachy Star 4-1 (9-5) Led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, last of 3, 3 1/2l behind Hierarch (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Dark Ocean (IRE) 9-4fav (8-9) Keen raced wide tracked leaders, ridden to press leader 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 30l behind Aglaophonos (8-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo clm (5) gd in Oct.
Cono Zur (FR) 40-1 (7-10) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, tailed off, last of 13, 21l behind Ingleby Symphony (8-0) at Ayr 1m hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Blue Maisey 7-2fav (8-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Beckermet (9-5) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Qibtee (FR) 7-1 (9-5) Pulled hard, prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon lost place, 6th of 8, 9l behind Precision Strike (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Merchant Of Medici 12-1 (9-1) Keen in touch, came centre over 7f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 10, 18l behind Nimiety (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.