SCALA REGIA made a winning start in handicaps when scoring over track and trip a fortnight ago with Magic Journey back in fifth. Further improvement is expected from Sir Mark Prescott’s filly and she’s preferred to another recent winner in Man About Town. The latter won over 6f here last time but is upped 7lb while Magical Molly Joe goes handicapping for the first time having finished runner-up in a maiden race last month. Kazanan found African Grey too good on her latest start and the latter has been subsequently beaten by the selection.
Tagur (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Close up, not clear run approaching final furlong, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 5th of 13, 3 1/4l behind Hersigh (9-7) at Lingfield 7f (5) pol in Nov.
Rosemay (FR) 16-1 (9-2) Raced keenly, tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 10 3/4l behind Eyes On Asha (9-2) at Newcastle 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol in Mar.
Man About Town (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on strongly, won at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Celerity (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Scala Regia (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 7f hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Hollywood Harry (9-3) by 1l, 12 ran.
Magical Molly Joe 50-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Lady Cristal (8-11) at Newcastle 6f mdn fll stks (5) pol in Feb.
Canberra Cliffs (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) In touch in rear, pushed along 2f out, not clear run inside final furlong, switched right, never nearer, 6th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Roundabout Magic (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Stretewise (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along chasing leaders 2f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7 1/2l behind Harlow (9-5) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Magic Journey (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Scala Regia (9-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Kazanan (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, hampered and lost place 2f out soon switched right, rallied inside final furlong, ridden and ran on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2l behind African Grey (9-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp (6) pol in Mar.