Portrush Ted has a hard race at Ascot in November and was pulled up on a return visit last month, albeit in Listed company - he may be worth opposing here under a penalty. Blue Flight couldn’t match the finishing speed of Dramatic Pause at Chepstow but was clear of the third and will likely make a bold bid to recoup losses. James Bowen is a jockey to have on your side in a race like this and he’s been snapped up by Rebecca Curtis for LOCKER ROOM TALK. His mount is a half-brother to bumper and hurdles winner Carnspindle and cost £135,000 after finishing second in an Irish point last year. Brewin'upastorm is a point-to-point winner and looks the pick of the remainder.
Portrush Ted (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders on outside, lost place rapidly and pulled up 6f out, at Ascot 2m lst (1) gs in Dec.
Blue Flight (FR) 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, left in lead after 3f, ridden over 2f out, soon edged left, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Dramatic Pause (11-0) at Chepstow 2m (6) hvy in Dec.
Brewin'upastorm (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Chsd ldrs, 6th 1/2way, gd prog to ld on inner aft 2out, sn qcknd clr, easily, won at Quakerstown 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Stop The World (11-11) by 8l, 14 ran.
Just Call Me Blue (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 19 1/2l behind Kingsplace (11-0) at Warwick 2m (6) hvy in Dec.
Locker Room Talk (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Rr, prog running free frm 4th, ld frm 5th, 12l adv 1/2way, hdd bef 2out, 4l 2nd & no ch with wnr last, so flat, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Stay Humble (11-11) at Ballynoe 3m mdn gs in Apr.
Loud As Lions (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, tracked leaders on inside, weakened inside final 3f, 13th of 15, 37 1/4l behind Nestor Park (11-0) at Ascot 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Golden Esther (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, dist behind Strong Glance (10-12) at Southwell 2m (6) gd in Nov.
Stravinskys Flame 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 10th of 14, dist behind Queenohearts (10-12) at Towcester 2m (5) gs in Dec.
The Toojumpa 33-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in touch, weakened over 4f out, 12th of 14, dist behind Queenohearts (10-12) at Towcester 2m (5) gs in Dec.