CURZON LINE was never in any danger once hitting the front at Ludlow last month. The second has franked the form since and John Ferguson's charge may find the improvement necessary to give 7lb to Call The Cops, winner of a bumper at the track in May, and Cloud Creeper. The latter showed definite promise in the spring but was a disappointment when starting favourite on his final start at Uttoxeter in May. Key To The West was alongside the eventual winner when falling here last month and has placed form in better company. But he has had more chances than most while Brunello proved hard to win with on the Flat.
Curzon Line 11-4fav (10-12) Pressed leader, that rival went clear before 5th, closed to lead 3 out, shaken up and in command when edged left flat, readily, won at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Ashdown Lad (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Brunello 5-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 10, 11l behind Captain Caroline (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Call The Cops (IRE) Evensfav (10-9) Held up tracking leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden to lead 1f out, pushed along and ran on well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in May beating Fond Memory (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Cloud Creeper (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Led, mistake 3rd, joined 3 out, soon headed, weakened before next, 8th of 15, well behind Oyster Shell (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Key To The West (IRE) 85-40fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd after 4th, went 2nd after 2 out, driven into narrow lead before last, crumpled on landing and fell last, in a race won by Parsnip Pete (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
Straits Of Messina (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Towards rear, driven and struggling after 7th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Carraig Mor (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.