started very slowly, behind, good headway when not clear run and switched sharply right inside final 2f, went 2nd over 1f out, held when crossed inside final furlong, soon switched left, never able to challenge
CUBAN QUEEN was beaten less than a length when third over track and trip last month in one of these lowly Class 7 events. She may prove good enough and is taken to confirm running with Captain Kendall, Dalness Express, Chandrayaan and Welsh Inlet. The last-named has since finished a lot closer at Lingfield while Lutine Charlie posted a better effort when second over a mile at Wolverhampton last week. Pleadings was placed over 6f on his latest start and steps back up in distance today.
Pleadings (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, pulled hard, tracked leaders on inside, not much room after 1f, ridden and unable to quicken entering final furlong, kept on into 3rd last strides, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Krazy Paving (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Altaira 13-2 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway when not much room and squeezed through over 1f out, run flattened out inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Whaleweigh Station (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Cuban Queen (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 7th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Bookmaker (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Captain Kendall (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Led until ridden and headed inside final furlong, chased leaders, no extra well inside final furlong, just held on for 4th, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Little Indian (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (7) pol in Jan.
West Leake (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 6th of 12, 8 1/2l behind Magic Mirror (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Dalness Express 20-1 (9-6) Awkwardly away, held up in mid-division, pushed along hanging right over 2f out, driven on outside over 1f out, one pace in 7th and no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 4 1/4l behind Little Indian (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (7) pol in Jan.
Ertidaad (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, outpaced and no impression over 1f out, 7th of 12, 9 1/4l behind Magic Mirror (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Man Of La Mancha (IRE) 11-2jfav (8-8) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 6 3/4l behind Cool Strutter (9-8) at Newcastle 7f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Prince of Time 2-1fav (9-4) Prominent, led over 5f out, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind All Or Nothin (9-7) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (7) pol in Jan.
Catalyze 66-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, pushed along on wide outside and beaten over 2f out, last of 10, 11 1/2l behind Krazy Paving (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Lutine Charlie (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 3f out, ridden 1f out, kept on, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Pivotal Dream (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (7) pol in Jan.
Chandrayaan 25-1 (9-1) Soon chasing leading pair on inside, ridden and unable to quicken inside final 2f, one pace inside final furlong, lost two places close home, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Whaleweigh Station (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Bookmaker (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Xclusive 16-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 11 1/2l behind Pensax Lady (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (6) pol in Nov.