in touch, driven over 3f out, soon lost place
held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression
chased leaders, led over 2f out, kept on well under pressure
led 1f, led again over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon lost place
behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms
held up, headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace
mid-division, headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, kept on
led after 1f, headed over 3f out, soon weakened
in touch, driven over 3f out, weakened over 2f out
held up, never dangerous
Just Once and Duke Of Alba have been knocking at the door while Royal Flag was placed at Newcastle recently and Venusta is upped in trip after finishing third over 1m2f. Vindolanda was beaten off lower marks than today in handicaps before landing a maiden race over 1m4f at Beverley but CASTING SPELLS makes more appeal. The latter makes her handicap debut having shown major improvement over a similar trip in soft ground here last time and Tom Dascombe’s filly has more scope than most.
Bombero (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 10 1/2l behind Galileo Silver (9-11) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (4) pol in Jul.
Trinity Star (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, carried head high and hung left inside final furlong, not quicken, 7th of 11, 4l behind Where's Jeff (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Vindolanda 6-4 (9-5) Prominent, led after 4f out, made rest, hard pressed when driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on well inside final 100 yards, won at Beverley 1m 4f mdn hcp fll stks (5) gs in Aug beating Dubious Affair (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Casting Spells 33-1 (9-0) Raced keenly in touch, pushed along 3f out, soon outpaced, plugged on final furlong, no threat, 4th of 7, 3 3/4l behind Arabist (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (4) sft in Sep.
Venusta (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Mina Vagante (9-8) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp fll (5) gd in Sep.
Ormesher 5-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, switched right and not fluent next, ridden and kept on under pressure flat, no chance with winner, 3rd of 5, 15 1/2l behind Really Super (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Duke Of Alba (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, tracked leader, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2l behind Champagne Rules (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in May.
Overtrumped 16-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 11 1/4l behind Nette Rousse (9-7) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp fll (4) gs in Aug.
Cormier (IRE) 13-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 25 1/2l behind Navajo Pass (9-6) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Just Once 11-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up and behind, steady progress over 4f out, ridden and hung left 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Good Impression (9-5) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp (6) gd in Sep.
Royal Flag 50-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Dreamweaver (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Sep.