Wasntexpectingthat would have leading claims on his second here in January but was due to run at Wolverhampton on Saturday. In his possible absence, ZYLAN may well take advantage having won over course and distance in January and making a quick reappearance after placing over the minimum trip trip here just three days ago. He makes more appeal than stablemate Dapper Man but Split Down South and Grace McEntee bid for a hat-trick of wins raised 6lb, though meet better opposition today. Maiden winner Highland Dress makes his handicap debut having been gelded and switched to Archie Watson’s yard since last in action.
Zylan (IRE) 2-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Aleef (9-3) at Southwell 5f hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Split Down South 7-4fav (9-13) Slowly into stride and pushed along early in rear, headway on outside chasing leaders halfway, 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left, soon clear, ran on well, won at Southwell 6f hcp (5) pol in Feb beating Private Matter (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Highland Dress 3-1 (9-6) Towards rear and 4th on inner from halfway, soon pushed along, ridden under 2f out, no impression in 4th from 1f out and eased inside final furlong, last of 5, 16 1/4l behind Turnberry Isle (9-5) at Killarney 1m gd in Jul.
Wasntexpectingthat 11-4fav (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up, headway 3f out, led over 1f out, edged left and headed entering final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Gulliver (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Dapper Man (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, reminder over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 3 3/4l behind Count D'Orsay (9-4) at Ripon 5f hcp (4) gs in Sep.