Family Time finished well clear of Space Kid when runner-up to a subsequent winner at Hexham and connections will be hoping to make the most of his experience. ANDONNO only won a seller at Lingfield but has joined an up-and-coming NH yard and he has run seven times on the level whereas Knotty Ash is seeing a racecourse for the first time, though Dan Skelton’s newcomer should have more pace than most of these.
Andonno 8-15fav (9-5) Tracked leader, niggled along to lead over 3f out, extended advantage over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Lingfield 1m 4f stks (6) pol in Apr beating Lanika (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Family Time 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd final bend, mistake last, hung left and no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 8, 5 1/2l behind Koi Dodville (10-12) at Hexham 2m (4) gd in Jun.
Gurkha's Surprise (IRE) 150-1 (9-5) Always behind, never a factor, 6th of 7, 35 1/4l behind First Light (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Knotty Ash (IRE) Most Improved gelding out of Pushkar.
Rakish Paddy (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Raced keenly in mid-division, saddle slipped over 7f out, made swift headway to go second over 5f out, taken towards stands rail over 4f out, soon eased, eventually completed, last of 12, dist behind Maxine (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) sft in May.
Space Kid (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leader until after 1st, not fluent 3rd, ridden and weakened final bend, 4th of 8, 24 1/2l behind Koi Dodville (10-12) at Hexham 2m (4) gd in Jun.