soon led, took keen hold, headed over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, no extra closing stages
held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, no impression
with leader, keen, hard ridden over 1f out, weakened close home
chased leaders, driven to lead over 2f out, ran on well
led early, tracked leader, ran on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner
held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never a threat
pulled hard in rear, never a factor
ALMA LINDA scored over course and distance on last week’s handicap debut. She won a shade cosily on that occasion and a 6lb rise may not be enough to anchor her in this. Regal Banner was beaten only a length when fourth at Kempton though has a bit to prove over this longer trip on earlier evidence and Beautiful Gesture is preferred after placing over the extended mile at Nottingham. Universal Effect may do better back on the all-weather today and the same comment applies to Billie Beane, who won on the Polytrack at Lingfield earlier.
Alma Linda 7-4fav (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (5) pol in Aug beating Filles De Fleur (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Regal Banner 11-4fav (9-8) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Crystal Casque (9-13) at Kempton 7f hcp fll (5) pol in Jun.
Kodiac Lass (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Warning Fire (9-10) at Doncaster 7f hcp fll (5) gf in Jul.
Winterkoenigin 5-1 (9-9) Behind, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 7l behind Lucky Number (9-6) at Bath 1m hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Universal Effect 6-1 (9-4) Keen held up, ridden and headway 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 10 1/4l behind Trulee Scrumptious (9-0) at Newmarket 1m hcp fll (5) gf in Jul.
Beautiful Gesture 4-1fav (9-7) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Shifting Gold (8-13) at Nottingham 1m hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Billie Beane 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 14, 10 3/4l behind Magical Ride (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Ample Plenty 7-1 (9-1) In touch in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Rita's Folly (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f mdn hcp (5) gf in Jul.