FAIR LOCH (NAP) went close under today’s apprentice over track and trip recently and drops down a grade for this. The third horse has won subsequently so the form looks solid enough and Brian Ellison’s charge gets the vote. By contrast, Stoneham is raised in class after winning over course and distance with Jan Smuts well beaten and the latter had earlier got the better of both Medicine Hat and Cavalieri when scoring here in January.
Masterful Act (USA) 66-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, tailed off over 2f out, last of 8, dist behind Amazement (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Medicine Hat 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 14 1/4l behind Ravens Quest (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Stoneham 11-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden in close 3rd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on and in command towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Royal Flag (9-11) by nk, 9 ran.
Cavalieri (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 6th of 9, 4 1/4l behind Duke Street (9-12) at Chelmsford City 2m hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Fair Loch 33-1 (8-7) In rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Zakatal (9-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in rear, steady headway on outside 5f out, pushed along chasing leaders over 3f out, ridden 2f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 9, 7 1/2l behind Stoneham (10-0) at Newcastle 2m hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Main Fact (USA) 150-1 (8-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 9, 16 3/4l behind Final (9-11) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Mar.