prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened
led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
dwelt, behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra
held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong
held up behind, effort over 1f out, one pace and no impression
held up in touch, pushed along and weakened 2f out
tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
held up mid-division, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, kept on inside final furlong
held up towards rear, headway 2f out, led final furlong, kept on
tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed final furlong, soon faded
Spanish City raced just the once last year and has been gelded since. He’s worth a second glance on his reappearance while novice winner Bambino Lola returns to 7f on her comeback. VON BLUCHER (NAP) has been competing in tougher races than this since winning a Class 2 handicap over track and trip in January. He’ll find life easier back at this level with an apprentice’s allowance easing the burden of top weight and Rebecca Menzies’ charge gets the vote. Bint Arcano has won in this grade before but Custard The Dragon saves his best for Southwell.
Von Blucher (IRE) 22-1 (9-6) Keen early in rear, pushed along over 1f out, never a factor, last of 8, 10 1/4l behind Kimberella (9-9) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs in Apr.
Robero 10-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 13 3/4l behind Safe Voyage (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp (2) sft in Apr.
War Department (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 14 3/4l behind Mister Music (8-7) at Southwell 7f hcp (2) pol in Mar.
Bint Arcano (FR) 5-1 (9-7) Led and set good pace, went clear over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Made Of Honour (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp fll (3) pol in Mar.
Golden Steps (FR) 25-1 (9-2) Dwelt always in rear, last of 5, 7 1/2l behind Doctor Sardonicus (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f stks (3) pol in Apr.
Gurkha Friend 50-1 (9-2) Dropped out into last and took keen hold, ridden and no impression over 2f out, last of 7, 9 1/2l behind Sir Chauvelin (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Strong Steps 8-1 (9-7) In touch, close up 6f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 24 3/4l behind Jay Kay (8-7) at Ayr 1m hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Custard The Dragon 14-1 (9-0) Raced wide close up, pushed along over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 4l behind Right Action (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Spanish City 9-2 (9-13) Raced wide held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Goodwood Crusader (9-9) at Newmarket 6f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Bambino Lola 14-1 (9-0) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Anna Nerium (9-0) at Salisbury 6f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gd in Sep.