SAM SPADE is still creeping up the weights but looks to be in decent form and is probably the one to beat on his three-length defeat of course specialist General Tufto over track and trip at the start of the month. Bitaphon is tried in a visor after a modest effort in a seller at Redcar last week but has won over this trip on Turf and makes more appeal than Roger Thorpe. Loyal N Trusted may have needed his reappearance and looks best of the rest.
Roger Thorpe 33-1 (8-13) Slowly away, always behind, 10th of 12, 30l behind Memory Cloth (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar.
Sam Spade (IRE) 7-2 (9-8) Raced wide mid-division, headway to press leaders 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Red Invader (9-5) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Loyal N Trusted 25-1 (8-3) Always behind, 14th of 16, 19l behind Flexible Flyer (9-4) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Bitaphon (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 8th of 12, 6l behind Ad Vitam (9-4) at Redcar 7f (6) gf.
Barista (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, headed over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Collodi (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
General Tufto 10-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden 3f out, wide into straight 2f out, driven and ran on final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Polar Forest (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Botanist 7-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led after 1f, headed 4f out, chased leader until over 3f out, weakened quickly, tailed off and eased final 2f, pulled up inside final furlong, in a race won by Zed Candy Girl (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan, 7 ran.