Lunar Crystal had to work hard to win a seller at Newton Abbot on Monday and may struggle to follow up in better company here with preference for Hawadeth, who is preferred to Pro Dancer in a moderate contest. The selection has the beating of Lunar Crystal on their running here earlier this month, should not be inconvenienced by the drop back in distance and he makes most appeal in an uninspiring contest. Speed Winner has claims on the pick of his form but may struggle to give weight away all round, while Atlantic Rhapsody has given little sign for encouragement of late. Outside Investor has disappointed of late and of more interest may be Pro Dancer, who has struggled against the handicapper of late and may appreciate the drop in class. Hawadeth is not as good as he once was but should be more than capable of beating these.
Speed Winner (AUS) 4-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, in touch, headway and left 2nd 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, eased near finish, just held on to 2nd place, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Alderman Rose (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Atlantic Rhapsody (FR) 33-1 (11-4) In touch, headway 4th, weakened 7th, 5th of 18, 12l behind Bob Mountain (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Lunar Crystal (IRE) 4-5fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden to lead after 3 out, kept on well, won at N Abbot 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gf beating Lesdream (11-5) by 2l, 13 ran.
Hawadeth Evensfav (11-1) Tracked leader, joined leader 5th, led 7th, shaken up approaching last, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gf beating Lunar Crystal (11-3) by 5l, 4 ran.
Pro Dancer (USA) 5-2fav (11-2) Led, headed 4th, ridden to chase leaders after 4 out, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 11, 15l behind Beechwood (11-1) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Arpetcheeo (USA) 14-1 (11-8) Held up, behind from 3 out, last of 11, well behind Woolly Bully (11-11) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Shaman 16-1 (11-0) In touch and keen, ridden and every chance 3 out, not fluent, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Beechwood (11-1) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Crafty Lady (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, went right 3rd and 6th, hit 3 out, soon ridden, one pace from next, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Zimbabwe (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f sll hdl (5) gf in Apr.