Istanbul Pasha won over 6f at Kempton last week and debuts on this surface while Ray Purchase also has his first start here having placed at Wolverhampton recently. But it could pay to stick with form at the track and GOOD IMPRESSION gave notice that this extra distance would suit when runner-up over 6f here last month on his handicap debut. Ali Stronge’s charge finished ahead of both Lady Sandy and Still Got It and is taken to open his account.
Good Impression 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway 3f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on, every chance towards finish, just held close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Shades Of Mist (9-7) at Southwell 6f (6) pol in Dec.
Still Got It 16-1 (9-6) Held up and behind, wide turning in, driven 2f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 7 3/4l behind Shades Of Mist (9-7) at Southwell 6f (6) pol in Dec.
Istanbul Pasha (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden and strongly pressed inside final furlong, ran on and on top final 100 yards, won at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan beating Summer Thunder (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lady Sandy (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Held up in touch, outpaced before halfway, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 4 3/4l behind By Royal Approval (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Westfield Wonder 8-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 5 1/2l behind Roseau City (9-2) at Chelmsford City 7f (6) pol in Dec.
Political Slot 200-1 (9-0) Slowly away, always towards rear, 10th of 11, 16 1/2l behind West Palm Beach (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll stks (5) pol in Nov.
Ray Purchase 9-2 (8-4) Raced keenly, led 1f, led again 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Elixsoft (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Gowing Gowing Gone (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 11l behind Lansky (9-9) at Kempton 6f stks (5) pol in Oct.