Wicked Sea went close over 7f here during the week but had earlier been well beaten behind runner-up ZAPATEADO over a mile at Wolverhampton. The latter looks to have every chance of confirming superiority and getting her head in front given the distinctly modest form of the rest of today’s opposition. Unbridled Spirit has managed a third in heavy going and Sister Celine may have improved since last season as she returns to action but the remainder are hard to recommend.
Chikoko Trail 17-2 (9-2) Raced keenly, chased winner until over 2f out, chased leading pair, well held when lost 3rd final furlong, 4th of 10, 18l behind Voyager Blue (9-2) at Redcar 1m mdn stks (6) gf in May.
Zapateado 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not much room on inside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Midnight Blue (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in May.
Unbridled Spirit 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 5 1/2l behind Danzay (9-8) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Wicked Sea (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked winner 5f out, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on to press winner close home, 2nd of 14, hd behind Glamorous Dream (9-7) at Salisbury 7f hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Sister Celine (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Dwelt held up, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 10 1/4l behind Red Starlight (9-0) at Newbury 1m fll stks (4) sft in Oct.
Illustrious Spirit 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakening when hung right over 1f out, 10th of 12, 14l behind Mythological (9-4) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in May.
Guardiola (USA) 100-1 (9-2) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 15, 14 3/4l behind National Army (9-2) at Doncaster 1m stks (5) gf in Jun.
Townie Mac 100-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders and keen early, weakened over 3out, 15th of 16, 33 3/4l behind Desert Path (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f stks (5) gd in May.