keen tracked leader, led over 3f out, clear 2f out, pushed out
slow into stride in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders
held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, wide into straight 2f out, no impression
towards rear, ridden and some headway over 1f out, never nearer
in touch, pushed along halfway, weakening when ran wide into straight 2f out
keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one final furlong
led, headed over 3f out, chased clear winner, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong
close up, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
EXPEDIATE is one of the least exposed and Bob Cowell’s charge should be sharper for a recent comeback run and returning to 6f today - he gets the nod in an unappealing contest. Mother of Dragons is usually in the mix but looks no nearer winning while Branscombe faded badly in the closing stages at Newcastle last time and blinkers are applied for the first time. The rest are even harder to fancy though Vodka Pigeon slips further down the weights.
Branscombe 16-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 18 1/2l behind Vj Day (9-4) at Newcastle 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Mother of Dragons (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Raced wide tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Belated Breath (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f fll stks (6) pol in Mar.
Vodka Pigeon 6-1 (9-10) In rear and outpaced, last of 9, 16 1/2l behind Darkest Light (8-10) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Pranceabootthetoon (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) In rear, outpaced after 2f, ridden and kept on final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Warrior's Valley (8-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
W G Grace (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Led until headed inside final 2f, soon lost 2nd, moved poorly and weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Quick Recovery (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Expediate 5-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, hard driven halfway, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Marietta Robusti (8-10) at Chelmsford City 5f stks (4) pol in Mar.
Dolydaydream 66-1 (8-8) Always behind, 10th of 11, 16 1/2l behind Pompey Chimes (9-1) at Kempton 1m stks (6) pol in Nov.
Following Breeze (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) Slowly into stride, outpaced in last pair, never threatened, 8th of 10, 8l behind Global Exceed (9-7) at Windsor 5f (5) gd in Oct.