Second twice at Cartmel this year, Richard Strauss has had a run on the Flat since last seen over hurdles. Never A Word found only one too good at Fontwell last week but is now 0-18 over timber and 0-27 in his career in total. Akkapenko has not won since arriving from France and was still beaten 13 lengths when second last month at Worcester. CANFORD THOMPSON is a bit quirky but his best recent run came on ground similar to today’s and he’s back on the same mark.
Canford Thompson 6-1 (11-10) Towards rear, outpaced 3 out, well behind before last, kept on from last bend, went 4th close home, 4th of 7, 15 1/4l behind Think Ahead (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Richard Strauss (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, lost place over 4f out, well beaten final 2f, 8th of 14, 14 1/4l behind True Romance (9-10) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Marvellous Monty (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, ridden 3 out, weakened over 1 out, 8th of 16, 27 1/2l behind Aweeminit (11-7) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Never A Word (USA) 7-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led and hit 2 out, strongly challenged last, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Musical Stardust (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Akkapenko (FR) 7-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, headway when carried slightly right 7th, ridden and went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 13l behind The Accountant (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Mileva Roller 14-1 (10-0) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway approaching 6th, stayed on same pace from 3 out, pressing for 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 10, 6 1/4l behind Camlad Kingfisher (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Leannes Lady (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden and unable to go with winner before last, well held when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Chocolat Noir (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp (5) gs in Aug.