Peter Chapple-Hyam's Victory Ide Say made a successful start to his three-year-old career when landing a Doncaster maiden at the beginning of last month and has to be of interest on his handicap debut off a mark of 85 but a better bet may be recent course and distance winner WHITECHAPEL, who gets the verdict ahead of Saharia. Jeremy Noseda's gelding opened his account on his second start as a juvenile when landing a Wolverhampton maiden in December and made a pleasing first start at three when a close up fourth behind Hot Spark at Doncaster last month so he has to be respected racing off the same mark today. Richard Fahey's Elusive Sue did not progress from a promising reappearance run and of more interest may be Richard Hannon's Fleeting Echo, who has his first run of the season but represents a stable that can do little wrong this term. Mark Johnston's The Hermitage has run better in his last two starts but the handicapper has taken note and preference is for Eric Alston's Whitechapel, who can follow up his course and distance success of last month, despite the 6lb rise in the weights.
Victory Ide Say (IRE) Evensfav (9-2) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, readily, won at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in May beating Burning Thread (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Fleeting Echo 3-1fav (9-1) Led 1f, prominent, switched right and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Freeforaday (9-4) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-90 (4) pol in Oct.
Saharia (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Held up, headway to challenge 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, soon wandered under pressure, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Hot Spark (8-7) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Tukitinyasok (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) In rear, lost place and detached from over 3f out, 6th of 7, 28l behind Yawary (9-3) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Whitechapel 10-3 (9-4) Held up towards rear and keen, headway on inside 3f out, led approaching final furlong, soon ridden, kept on gamely towards finish, won at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Redden (9-1) by nk, 7 ran.
The Hermitage (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Maid In Heaven (9-3) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Hot Spark 9-4fav (8-8) Pressed leader, ridden 3f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 4l behind Maison Brillet (8-4) at Thirsk 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Chardonnay 7-2 (9-4) Led, headed narrowly over 3f out, raced awkwardly and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 31l behind Path Of Peace (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Nubar Boy 7-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up, not clearest of runs from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 11, 4l behind Vanilla Rum (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd.
Lava Lamp (GER) 66-1 (8-11) Behind and outpaced, 12th of 20, 13l behind Dubai Set (9-4) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Toga Tiger (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Dwelt and hampered start, outpaced and always behind, 8th of 10, 16l behind Hot Spark (8-7) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Unshakable Will (IRE) 11-1 (7-10) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, faded entering final furlong, 10th of 16, 11l behind Balducci (8-3) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in May.
Elusive Sue (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, not pace to challenge, 6th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Misplaced Fortune (9-7) at Ripon 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Pycian 25-1 (9-3) Keen early, tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced 3f out, soon edged left, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 15l behind Fibs And Flannel (8-6) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.