QURI easily won a mares’ handicap on her first try over this trip at Uttoxeter 10 days ago. She has a penalty to carry here but today’s opposition looks decidedly modest. Just Bobby didn’t show much on his reappearance at Ayr and tries a new trip but stamina won’t be an issue for Mike Sowerby’s pair Turtle Cask and Agent Louise, with further rain likely to help the former. Emerald Chieftan has been lightly raced but a fall over fences last time may have affected confidence.
Quri (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, led approaching next, soon clear, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Nov beating Robinesse (11-4) by 11l, 9 ran.
Paddys Runner 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, well beaten 3 out, pulled up after, at Hereford 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Ballymagroarty Boy (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 7th of 12, dist behind The Cannister Man (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn (5) hvy in Apr.
Just Bobby (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Mid-division, under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 28 1/4l behind Cold Shoulder (11-8) at Ayr 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Emerald Chieftan (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, ridden 4 out, soon beaten, fell last, at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Solway Lark 28-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, effort before 2 out, weakened run-in, 5th of 6, 13l behind Island Heights (11-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp (4) gf in Nov.
Chocolat Noir (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up, never dangerous, 11th of 16, 18 1/2l behind Lawtop Legend (10-13) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Turtle Cask (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Chased leaders on outside, weakening when mistake 8th, pulled up before 4 out, at Bangor 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Agent Louise 11-4 (10-11) With leader, chased winner from 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 33l behind Broadway Belle (10-5) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp (5) sft in Mar.