in touch, in rear, headway to track leader over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, driven to lead near finish (hand timed)
disputed lead until led over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, headed near finish
disputed lead until ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong
tracked leading pair, effort between horses entering final furlong, soon every chance, unable to quicken towards finish
close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace
Course and distance winner Planetaria went close again at Beverley but has been raised a further 4lb for his trouble. Furiant failed to cope off today’s mark last time having won at Ripon before that while Midnight Macchiato was placed at Newmarket before struggling at Musselburgh behind third-placed WEEKEND OFFENDER. The latter was set a stiff task on his handicap debut and should find this easier dropping down a grade. The unexposed Bronte Flyer is another dropping down in class and could go well.
Weekend Offender (FR) 9-1 (9-3) In touch, headway on outer 3f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Billy Roberts (8-10) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Planetaria (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Led, hard driven when pressed from over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Final (9-12) at Beverley 1m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Furiant 5-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Jimenez (9-7) at Sandown 1m hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Popsies Joy (IRE) 3-1jfav (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, never on terms, 4th of 9, 2l behind Ravenhoe (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Picture Painter (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Soon steadied rear, headway on wide outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Innocent Touch (10-0) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Midnight Macchiato (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Dwelt in rear, switched left entering final 2f, never nearer, 7th of 11, 7 1/2l behind Billy Roberts (8-10) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Bronte Flyer 7-2jfav (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden when bumped over 2f out, no impression, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 9 1/4l behind Yorkee Mo Sabee (9-7) at Carlisle 1m hcp (5) gs in Jul.