Hardly the ideal race for punting purposes and the standard is evident with My Viking Bay, whose only success arrived in a Towcester seller, heading the weights. He actually stayed on quite well last time in a four-runner handicap at the Northamptonshire track in a contest that is hard to assess accurately and should be involved at this modest level. However, IRONICAL showed some useful form here last time when second to Themanfromfraam for Shaun Lycett, who has a decent record at this venue over the past five years, and he can go one better here. Speedy Directa has a fair strike rate in modest handicap company and can also go close.
My Viking Bay (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, hit 6th, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, rallied last, stayed on, no impression, 3rd of 4, 2l behind Greenlaw (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Osmosia (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 19l behind Sacrilege (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Tiradia (FR) 22-1 (10-8) In rear, not fluent, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by City Press (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Laneguy (FR) 5-1 (10-13) Held up in touch on outside, under pressure 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 9, 22l behind Tempting Paradise (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Direct Flo (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure after 5 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 15, 25l behind Rumbury Grey (12-1) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Mar.
Cornish Beau (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened 3 out, 8th of 13, 34l behind Cape Express (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Speedy Directa (GER) 9-1 (11-8) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Cresswell Bramble (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Orang Outan (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened rapidly, 4th of 6, 28l behind South Stack (11-0) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Apr.
Ironical (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 7th, carried right approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Themanfromfraam (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
King Gabriel (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division on outer, ridden after 6th, weakened before next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Moufatango (11-4) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr '11, 11 ran.
Festival Dreams 10-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Manics Man (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Southway Star 16-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, stayed on approaching last, never any sort of chance, 5th of 11, 17l behind Space Telescope (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Peqeno Diablo (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 29l behind Cresswell Bramble (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Bolanderi (USA) 10-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, not fluent when jumped right 5th, ridden before 3 out, staying on in 6th but no impression leaders when fell last, in a race won by Jawhary (11-3) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in May, 10 ran.
Pepito Collonges (FR) 13-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, 7th of 9, 12l behind Lindsay's Dream (10-13) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in May.