Spitfire scored over track and trip last season but was well beaten off a higher mark here earlier this year. John Coffey won at Newcastle a week ago but never figured on his only previous visit to this track while recent Catterick winner Lord Buffhead could only manage fifth over 5f here on Tuesday. SOLARMAITE handles the Fibresand and last week's narrow-margin defeat at Wolverhampton suggested Roy Bowring's charge may finally be ready to open his account. Putin pops up from time to time at this level and could prove best of the rest.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 16-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 12th of 13, 8l behind First In Command (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Spitfire 11-2 (9-7) Held up in 5th on inside, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Midnight Feast (9-10) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Putin (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Raced centre tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Jungle Bay (9-7) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Solarmaite 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish, headed last strides, 2nd of 13, hd behind Burren View Lady (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
John Coffey (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on stromgly, won at Newcastle 6f app hcp (6) gf beating One Kool Dude (9-2) by 3l, 7 ran.
Lord Buffhead 12-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden and headway halfway, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Beach Rhythm (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) fbs.
Time To Begin (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Went right start, tracked winner until inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 9, 7l behind Excellent Jem (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lady Cricketer 25-1 (8-2) Keen tracked winner, ridden and edged right approaching 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 8l behind Honeymoon Express (9-2) at Yarmouth 5f fll hcp (5) gd.
Moss The Boss (IRE) 20-1 (8-1) In rear, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Edith Anne (9-5) at Ripon 5f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gs.