Dubious Escapade and LOLITA LEBRON won separate divisions of the same handicap at Beverley on their latest starts. The latter won her maiden at this track, however, and that may give her the edge today. Eightfold has slipped down the weights and posted a slightly better effort at Nottingham last time while Regal Acclaim continued her improvement when scoring on her reappearance at Catterick though she's up another 5lb here. Sabhan is less exposed than most and is worth a second glance on his return to action.
Lolita Lebron (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Mick Slates (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Dubious Escapade (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Gulf Storm (8-11) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Golden Valley 14-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 18, 13l behind Our Cool Cat (9-3) at Ascot 6f 2yo stks (2) gd in Oct.
Sabhan (IRE) 9-2fav (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 15, nk behind Regal Gold (9-9) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 17l behind Whipcrackaway (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Sweetnessandlight 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 14, 14l behind Mistress Of Rome (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Madame St Clair (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Close up, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 46l behind Whipcrackaway (9-4) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Eightfold 10-1 (9-5) Steadied soon after start, soon in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Mistress Of Rome (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Apr.
Pelican Rock (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch in rear, weakened 3f out, 4th of 5, 36l behind Ed De Gas (8-12) at Catterick 1m 4f con stks (3) sft in Apr.
Always Ends Well (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 7f out, chased leaders over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 21l behind Hector's Chance (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Kieron's Rock (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Keen tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Twelve Strings (9-3) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Vena Amoris (USA) 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and outpaced over 4f out, soon behind, last of 10, well behind Miss Cato (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Regal Acclaim (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Made most, pressed from over 2f out, ridden and ran on gamely, won at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr beating Martha's Way (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.