ABOVE THE STARS rattled up a hat-trick in low grade handicaps before coming unstuck in a claimer at Brighton last Thursday. He might be worth forgiving that lapse as this is a poor seller and Jamie Osborne's charge is well clear of his rivals on official ratings. Charles Smith's pair have managed three wins between them and Nine Before Ten should come out on top today but it's difficult to make a case for modest hurdler Lenderking or the three-year-old Index Waiter.
Coastal Passage 16-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 7th of 14, 5l behind Thorpe Bay (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Above The Stars 6-4fav (8-9) Chased leading pair throughout, ridden and no impression when rider dropped whip approaching final furlong, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Racy (9-7) at Brighton 5f clm stks (6) gs in May.
Lenderking (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) Held up, always in rear, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Lisbon (10-9) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Nine Before Ten (IRE) 18-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 12l behind Bondi Beach Boy (8-2) at Catterick 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Index Waiter 18-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out until halfway, hung badly right under pressure and weakened 2f out, last of 8, 25l behind Princess Cammie (7-7) at Salisbury 7f 3yo clm (5) gs in May.