The three-year-old Minalisa made a winning debut at Warwick on soft ground and went to Pontefract long odds-on to follow-up but ran moderately behind Indego Blues who has been well beaten since. Soap Wars gained his only victory on Turf on fast ground at Windsor last May for which he was raised 9lb and the handicapper has been unable to drop him due to his consistency. He should have no problems from Five Star Junior, who was behind over the C&D last week but Beat The Bell is only 3lb higher than when scoring at Goodwood in May and should get competitive. Peace Seeker only wins on Polytrack so this can go to PARADISE SPECTRE, who was in tremendous form around this time last year and has dropped to a winnable mark.
Soap Wars 10-3 (9-12) Led, set strong pace, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Picabo (9-2) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Five Star Junior (USA) 10-1 (9-11) In rear, ridden halfway, headway entering final furlong, stayed on, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Picabo (9-2) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Beat The Bell 9-2 (8-11) Dwelt tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Sandbetweenourtoes (8-8) at Folkestone 6f clm stks (5) gf in Jun.
Paradise Spectre 4-1fav (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, soon not much room, 11th of 12, 11l behind Johannes (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Befortyfour 10-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 8l behind Sir Geoffrey (9-6) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Peace Seeker 11-2 (9-5) Led until over 3f out, tracked leader, led again briefly over 1f out, chased winner until unable to quicken and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Noverre To Go (9-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Minalisa 2-5fav (9-0) Disputing 2nd, definite 2nd over
Spin Again (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Towards rear, pushed along 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 7l behind Forks (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.