Strategical had little to beat at Wolverhampton last time, or at Yarmouth earlier, and will find it much tougher to complete hat-trick under a penalty and giving weight to some battle-hardened juvenile sprinters. FOXY CLARETS' run in a valuable sales race at York last week suggested he should be worth following back in a nursery and he gets the vote as Sunset Shore has now been beaten three times off similar marks and Urban Dreamer isn't progressing. Mahlah has her sights lowered but was disappointing at Haydock earlier this month.
Strategical (USA) 1-20fav (9-5) Soon tracking leader, led over 2f out, shaken up to go clear from over 1f out, ran on well, easily, won at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo nov stks (5) pol beating Dynamo Walt (9-0) by 11l, 5 ran.
Mahlah (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 9l behind Touch The Clouds (8-4) at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp (2) gf.
Foxy Clarets (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 8th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Haikbidiac (8-11) at York 6f 2yo aut (2) gf.
Sunset Shore 7-1 (8-3) Chased winner, pushed along over 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, no extra and held final 110 yards, 2nd of 3, 3/4l behind Lady Frances (8-6) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Urban Dreamer (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) In rear, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind See The Sun (9-5) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf.