ACE OF SPIES is 4lb higher than when scoring over track and trip last month but this looks less competitive and he gets the vote. Today's opposition is modest to say the least though better is expected from Boy The Bell back on this surface. Thewinningmachine missed the whole of last year and has scope for improvement on his Fibresand debut while Katmai River continues to slide down the weights. Memphis Man finished third at Kempton in November but Tony Hollis was engaged to run at Newcastle yesterday.
Thewinningmachine 20-1 (8-8) In touch in 5th, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Yojojo (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Perfect Ch'i (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 14l behind Jonnie Skull (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Kingscombe (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Boy The Bell 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, 12th of 13, 15l behind Handheld (9-3) at Nottingham 1m app hcp (6) gs.
Katmai River (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd final 50 yards, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Victorian Number (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
My Stroppy Poppy 66-1 (9-8) Keen led, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 34l behind Rosie Rebel (8-9) at Chepstow 1m mdn auc stks (5) sft.
Tony Hollis 9-1 (8-7) Chased leader, hard ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Cara's Request (8-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Memphis Man 33-1 (8-11) In touch in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 7l behind Majuro (9-4) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Zammy 7-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Kingscombe (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Ishetoo 20-1 (8-8) Towards rear, some headway 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 14, 9l behind Thorpe Bay (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Munaawib 100-1 (8-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 33l behind Mr Snoozy (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Ishiamiracle 25-1 (8-6) Raced alone towards centre, prominent, ridden and lost place inside final 2f, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Whisky Bravo (9-4) at Yarmouth 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Glan Lady (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 12l behind Ever Fortune (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.