JOLLY ROGER took advantage of some leniency from the handicapper to win a conditionals' race with a bit in hand over C&D six days ago. Unpenalised, he should double up in this with Lee Edwards good value for his 3lb claim. It will be interesting to see if there is any money for Spate River after a lay-off while Smalib Monterg could improve for the fitting of blinkers, though is only a plater. Swiss Art needs to bounce back from a poor run at Bangor while Bring Sweets is struggling for form but it would be no surprise to see prominent showings from Hit The Switch and recent C&D second Flash Harriet.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, mistake, went left and lost place 4th, headway after 3 out, every chance approaching last, no extra close home, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Diamond's Return (10-8) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Swiss Art (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Keen in rear, hit 5th, ridden 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 26l behind Marchand D'argent (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Bring Sweets (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, hampered on bend after 3rd, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 18l behind Monarch's Way (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Jolly Roger (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th, led 3 out, clear next, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Waltham Abbey (10-8) by 7l, 9 ran.
Spate River 9-4fav (11-7) In touch on outside, disputed lead 5th, close up 3rd and under pressure when eased after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Rock Me (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug '10, 10 ran.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division and keen, headway after 3rd, ridden before 2 out, weakened soon after, lost 4th place near finish, 5th of 10, 19l behind Dartford Warbler (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Hit The Switch 14-1 (11-2) Led, not fluent and ridden 7th, soon headed, weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Politelysed (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Phoenix Eye 14-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 21l behind Amuse Me (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Kissing Clara (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Raced keenly, held up in 5th, headway to join winner on inside 6th, ridden and lost place before 2 out, soon no impression, 4th of 6, 19l behind Hollow Tree (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Temple Place (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Last pair, ridden after 5th, behind and pulled up before next, in a race won by Cinevator (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Flash Harriet 14-1 (10-6) Always prominent, challenged 3 out until last, not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Don't Panic (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Apache Dawn 18-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along from 5th, switched outside and ridden after 4 out, chased clear winner after next, kept on same pace from 2 out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Naughtyatiz (10-2) at Stratford 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Prize Fighter (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, went close 2nd when not fluent last, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Meridiem (11-8) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.