held up in touch, niggled along over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, one pace final furlong
slowly into stride, held up, switched left and headway over 1f out, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, not quicken
always prominent, reminder over 3f out, pushed along and went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on
led, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
held up in touch, ridden well over 1f out, one pace final furlong
slowly into stride, pulled hard early in rear, pushed along and effort over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out
chased leader until over 2f out, ridden and weakened 1f out
held up and behind, pushed along and headway on wide outside 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, ridden and not quicken towards finish
These veterans' races go down well with the public but the handicap sprint variety are frequently hard to untangle. Some are certainly not as consistent nowadays and the small weight range here complicates a difficult race further. Storm Melody has a leading claim if forgiven his last run but that was in a higher grade and he should be competitive off topweight dropping down to Class 5 from Class 3. King Crimson tends to throw in the odd shocker but is also perfectly capable of landing the spoils on a going day but we will go with UNION ROSE who has a pleasing record at this track, inhabits a fair mark and is the most consistent sprinter on show.
Storm Melody 7-2 (9-0) Dwelt in touch in rear, pushed along 2f out, never a factor, last of 5, 11 1/2l behind Miss Celestial (9-7) at Bath 6f hcp (3) gf in Jul.
Naadirr (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 7, 5 1/4l behind Major Valentine (9-7) at Chepstow 6f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Union Rose 3-1 (9-7) Led early, soon steadied, prominent, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind A Sure Welcome (9-12) at Chepstow 5f hcp (5) gs in Aug.
King Crimson 5-1 (9-3) Led, shaken up over 1f out, soon ridden, rallied when joined inside final furlong, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Enthaar (9-2) at Brighton 5f hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Little Palaver 6-1 (9-9) Led, headed 3f out, weakened from over 1f out, last of 8, 15 1/4l behind Handytalk (9-12) at Salisbury 6f hcp (5) sft in Jun.
George Dryden (IRE) 2-1 (9-13) Slowly away held up, raced wide held up, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 8 1/4l behind Dr Doro (9-12) at Yarmouth 5f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Pea Shooter 14-1 (9-11) Keen tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 13l behind Betsey Trotter (9-2) at Catterick 6f stks (6) gf in Jul.
La Fortuna 8-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, pressing winner over 1f out, kept on but no impression towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Top Boy (9-10) at Bath 5f hcp (5) fm in Jul.
Blaine 9-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, never pace to challenge, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5 1/4l behind Handytalk (10-2) at Ffos Las 6f hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Doc Sportello (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Always close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 3/4l behind Major Valentine (9-7) at Chepstow 6f hcp (4) gs in Aug.