Not the strongest of races and if DARCEY DIVA can transfer some of her ability from bumpers into this sphere, she appears to have been found a winning opportunity by David Pipe. As I Am sets a fair benchmark off an official rating of 114. She won a maiden at Worcester in taking fashion although the second was well held at Uttoxeter last week. There wasn't much enthusiasm for Hopstrings on her debut under Rules despite having winning form between the flags. Tara Dancer is tried in a tongue strap having been absent for over a year. The fact that she was heavily backed ahead of that appearance suggests that something went awry in the race so a market check is advised.
As I Am (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Held up mid-division, with leaders 5 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 12, 24l behind My Lucky Flame (10-2) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Celebrian 100-1 (10-2) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, hampered 2 out, 6th of 14, 33l behind Professeur Emery (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Darcey Diva 9-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 4f out, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 15, 10l behind The Road Ahead (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in May.
Flamin June Karinga Bay mare out of Nessfield.
Hopeand 10-1 (11-6) Keen mid-division, ridden and weakened 3 out, last of 9, well behind King's Road (11-5) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Hopstrings 14-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, ridden after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind My Lucky Flame (10-2) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Lucys Girl (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Crazy (10-10) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf, 11 ran.
Merry Minster 20-1 (10-4) Always behind, pulled up before last, in a race won by Big Sound (10-13) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jun, 7 ran.
Tara Dancer 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, reminder 6f out, lost place over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Spartan Angel (10-9) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun '12.