C&D winner NEEDWOOD RIDGE does most of his racing at this track for local trainer Frank Sheridan and his recent placed efforts suggests a return to the winners' enclosure is imminent. He finished a close-up third over C&D on Monday and drops down a grade today. Dunmore Boy looks the chief threat as he returned to form with a second at Southwell earlier this month and has won over a shorter trip at this track. Khateer showed some promise as a three-year-old and could figure on his first start for Milton Bradley, while Could It Be Magic and Resplendent Alpha make most appeal of the remainder.
Powerful Pierre 50-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 6th of 8, 11l behind April Fool (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Boy The Bell 7-1 (9-4) Towards rear, edged left halfway, some late headway, never a factor, 7th of 13, 6l behind Andiamo Via (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.
Needwood Ridge 9-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right 1f out, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind City Legend (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Spirit Of Grace 13-2 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 7l behind Dancing Welcome (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Could It Be Magic 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Catchanova (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Wishbone (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, no impression when edged right inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 8l behind Dancing Welcome (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Khateer 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out until over 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Mongoose Alert (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct '10.
Dunmore Boy (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leadrs, ridden 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on closing stages, always just held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Fibs And Flannel (9-7) at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Resplendent Alpha 10-1 (8-13) Steadied in rear, never a factor, 9th of 11, 14l behind Super Duplex (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Monsieur Pontaven 10-1 (9-3) Raced wide, chased leaders, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 16l behind Cheers (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.