STRANDS OF SILK appeared a filly with a future when successful in a maiden at Doncaster and though she's found life much tougher when campaigned at a higher level, the assessor looks to have given her a realistic mark on her first foray into handicaps. Mark Johnston relies on Muhadathat having held a number of entries at the six-day stage. The daughter of Showcasing was turned over in a novice stakes here last month, but she wasn't too far away at Lingfield and can confirm form with Willsy. El Astronaute shaped well on soft going at Carlisle though John Quinn's colt has disappointed on anything quicker.
Muhadathat 13-8fav (9-7) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, strong challenge close home, always just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Lil's Joy (8-11) at Lingfield 5f (5) gf in Jul.
El Astronaute (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 10 1/2l behind Plagiarism (9-0) at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (4) gd in Jun.
Strands Of Silk (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 16th of 18, 32 1/4l behind Illuminate (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gf in Jun.
Willsy 8-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway on outside 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, edged right and went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Lil's Joy (8-11) at Lingfield 5f (5) gf in Jul.