TWO KISSES just failed to catch Omaruru in the soft ground here earlier this month. Considering her two wins so far over hurdles came on a faster surface, that was a really good effort and she's taken to return to winning ways. Moose Moran was a disappointing favourite when well behind the selection last time but had beaten Comedy Act out of sight before that and it's too soon to write him off. Pullyourfingerout was an easy winner at Warwick during the week and may be getting off light with only a 7lb penalty here, but Balerina will find life tougher back in handicap company after winning a juvenile fillies' race at Taunton last time.
Moose Moran (USA) 4-11fav (11-5) Led, not fluent 1st, ridden and headed when mistake 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 29l behind Omaruru (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft.
Two Kisses (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Prominent, bad mistake 3 out, soon ridden in 3rd, went 2nd after 2 out, 4 lenghts down last, kept responding gamely to pressure, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Omaruru (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft.
Comedy Act 4-1 (11-5) Close up, ridden and weakened after 2 out, 5th of 15, 32l behind Moose Moran (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Ultravox (USA) 5-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on inside, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, weakened from next, 4th of 11, 39l behind Whoops A Daisy (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Kahfre 28-1 (10-11) Always in last trio, ridden and no progress before 2 out, well beaten when blundered last, tailed off, 6th of 7, 44l behind Pere Blanc (10-9) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Franklino (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear but in touch, ridden before 3 out, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 39l behind Empire Levant (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (3) gd in Jan.
Promised Wings (GER) 11-4 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 5th, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 17l behind The Hague (10-11) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Pullyourfingerout (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Took keen hold, made all, in command last, ran on well, won at Warwick 2m hcp ch 0-130 (3) gd beating Pantxoa (11-12) by 7l, 3 ran.
Balerina (FR) 4-6fav (10-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 4th, led next, narrowly headed after 3 out, ridden to lead last, strongly pressed flat, in command towards finish, won at Taunton 2m 1f 4yo flls nov hdl (4) gd beating Racey Lacey (10-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.