raced keenly, tracked leading pair, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, lost modest 3rd close home
tracked leader, shaken up to challenge inside final 2f, edged left over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, comfortably
led and dictated steady pace, quickened inside final 3f, edged left headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd
held up in 4th place, headway on inside over 1f out, went modest 3rd close home
Prying Pandora is 5lb out of the handicap though it may not make too much difference in this small field. Tim Easterby continues in outstanding form and APPOINTED won a York handicap last summer from 3lb higher. He gets the nod here as Singyoursong, who also won at this level at Brighton a year ago, is 8lb higher and returning from a couple of moderate runs in Dubai at the beginning of the year. Extra Mile comfortably won a couple of minor all-weather handicaps before heading to Doncaster for her hat-trick bid but, after attempting to make all, found little when headed. She looks a few pounds high though her young rider's claim will aid her cause.
Singyoursong (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) 6th of 7, 21 1/4l behind Promising Run (9-3) at Meydan 1m 1f Grp 2 (1) gd in Feb.
Extra Mile 5-4fav (9-7) Led, brought field centre in straight, pushed along 3f out, soon hung left, headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 3 1/4l behind Crimson Rosette (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp fll (3) gf in May.
Appointed 5-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, switched right 3f out, closed 2f out, switched left over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, pressing for 2nd final 75 yards, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Light Of Joy (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp fll (4) pol in Jun.
Prying Pandora (FR) 4-1 (9-6) Held up, niggled along over 5f out, never involved, last of 7, 4 1/2l behind Considered Opinion (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp fll (5) pol in May.