ART SCHOLAR has found form with a vengeance this month, running away with a couple of low-grade handicaps including one over course and distance. He's been raised a stone as a consequence but such was the decisive nature of those successes that he is taken to complete the hat-trick. Hypnotic Gaze is a useful dual purpose sort and scored over timber at Uttoxeter only last weekend so arrives here on a high and has a turf mark 7lb lower than his all-weather rating. He rates the danger on form as Media Hype hasn't shown much in three maidens though Cumani handicap debutants can never be ignored, especially in a low-grade contest such as this.
Hypnotic Gaze (IRE) 15-8fav (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon edged left, weakened well inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Country Road (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Sep.
Media Hype 100-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride in rear, ridden halfway, hung left over 2f out, 9th of 14, 25l behind Albaasil (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Art Scholar (IRE) 11-10fav (9-2) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) gd beating Corrib (8-9) by 4l, 11 ran.
Saloon (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, lost place 5f out, behind 4f out, 9th of 10, 35l behind Transfer (8-5) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Royal Premier (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Very slowly away, in rear, effort 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 11l behind Dimashq (9-0) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Miss Whippy 25-1 (8-6) Keen tracked winner, ridden and flashed tail from 3f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Annelko (9-0) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Carlcol Girl 66-1 (8-2) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 48l behind Art Scholar (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.