TWELVE STRINGS has a win to his name on soft ground which increases his chances considerably. That win came in a driving finish at Pontefract and he didn't do too badly in a competitive Newmarket handicap last time considering he ran into a deal of trouble. The fascinating contender in the line-up is Marine Girl, who came from a seemingly hopeless position to land a Nottingham maiden with a remarkable burst of speed. Whether she can reproduce that turn of foot under totally different conditions is impossible to predict but she's an interesting player. Cresta Star should go well if handling the ground and Talk Of The North is respected if showing up after her late thrust took her to victory at Wolverhampton on Thursday. It's probably too early to be giving up on the Stoute handicap debutant, Plastiki, who is at the right end of the weights.
Quick Bite (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Dwelt, behind, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 11, 14l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Apr.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced centre, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 17, 7l behind Well Painted (9-3) at Newbury 7f 3yo mdn (4) gs in May.
Blank Czech (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Tracked leader, switched right 1f out, ridden to join winner inside final furlong, not quicken close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Freddy Q (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Marine Girl 11-1 (8-12) Dwelt, behind, headway under pressure 3f out, ridden to chase leaders on outside over 1f out, finished well final 50 yards, led post, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May beating Kaafel (9-3) by ns, 10 ran.
Cresta Star 7-2fav (9-0) Raced wide in in touch, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Miss Cato (8-9) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Intuition 20-1 (8-10) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 14th of 17, 17l behind Baccarat (8-8) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Yaa Salam 10-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 13l behind Model Pupil (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Keepax 33-1 (9-3) Always in rear, never involved, last of 13, 14l behind Jacob Cats (9-5) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Twelve Strings (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, soon hampered and eased, pushed along and stayed on again inside final furlong, not recover, 7th of 16, 9l behind Fennell Bay (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Shot In The Dark (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Keen tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Golden Jubilee (8-13) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Plastiki 16-1 (9-3) Raced centre, tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 13, 9l behind Captain Cat (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Talk Of The North 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along and headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, chased leader inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Holly Martins (8-13) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Green Mitas (ITY) 66-1 (9-0) Chased leader, ridden well over 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, soon slightly hampered, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 10l behind Talk Of The North (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.