MALTEASE AH made all in an apprentices' race over C&D last month and is well drawn again. Despite a 6lb higher mark, Alan McCabe's filly can go in again as she's hardly run a bad race since getting off the mark at Leicester in August. Belle Bayardo is another who arrives in fine form and he has his sights lowered a little here while Captain Royale only found one too good at Redcar at the start of the month. Ivestar won at Catterick and Kempton last month but may be in the handicapper's grip now and Lucky Mark is also high enough in the weights now. Northern Bolt won at Hamilton in September but has been well beaten since.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Ashpan Sam (9-3) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
No Mean Trick (USA) 9-1 (8-11) Chased winner, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Nomoreblondes (8-13) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Katy's Secret 33-1 (8-0) Towards rear, headway on inner entering final furlong, soon every chance, ridden and kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Al Aqabah (8-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Ivestar (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Close up stand side, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind M J Woodward (8-12) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Spitfire 5-1 (10-0) Steadied start switched left, in rear, headway on inside 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 7l behind Soopacal (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) std in Jul.
Holy Angel (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 19, 16l behind Fama Mac (9-2) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Maltease Ah 5-1 (9-1) Made most, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, won at Southwell 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs in Oct beating Gracie's Gift (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Northern Bolt 9-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon no impression, 12th of 19, 19l behind Fama Mac (9-2) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Captain Royale (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) In touch, every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Prince James (8-11) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
Cape of Storms 28-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 8l behind Gung Ho Jack (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Ishetoo 50-1 (9-4) Chased leaders over 3f, last of 12, 11l behind Dark Lane (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lucky Mark (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Greek Islands (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Slow into stride soon switched to stand side, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Havin' A Good Time (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp (0-65) (5) fbs in Oct.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Close up, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Steel Rain (9-4) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) sft.