York Cliff, unsuited by the slow gallop in a race here on Monday, can land this seller at the expense of Southern Shore and Activist. Mark Brisbourne, leading trainer at the track, supplied four runners in the 0-55 handicap and York Cliff went off the favourite, but the early crawl countered against the son of Marju and the event developed into a two-furlong sprint. It was to his credit that York Cliff managed to finished fourth to a bang in-form rival in Little Richard. Robert Winston takes over from the holidaying Eddie Ahern and, with a drop in class and an expected better gallop, York Cliff looks one of the better bets on the card. One, though, that deserves a second glance is Dai Burchell's Southern Shore. HIs form shown on the level is hardly awe-inspiring - a distant 10th of 16th in a handicap at Folkestone - but the 4-y-o has won a hurdle event and finished a respectable sixth to Dishdasha in a novice event at Huntingdon. His ability to act on the all-weather has to be taken on trust but he looks the main danger. Activist, trained by Declan Carroll, shown a glimmer of promise in an Amateur Riders' event, but his record of just one victory in 18 starts (0 from 4 on the all-weather) tempers enthusiasm, while the poor recent form of Tony Carroll's yard poses a question mark over Ambersong, absent from the flat for 340 days and who showed little in a recent spin over hurdles. The same worry applies to Ron Harris' yard, whose representative is Bella Pavlina. The mare won back in May but has shown very little in two recent starts. Even though this is a seller a confident vote is given to York Cliff.
Activist 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Cumbrian Knight (11-2) at W'hampton 2m 1f amt hcp (6) pol.
Ambersong 7-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 5l behind Magical Wit (8-11) at W'hampton 1m 1f stk (H5) pol in Feb.
Eton (GER) 33-1 (8-9) Led 1f, chased leader, ridden 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Desperation (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 4f clm (6) pol.
Moon Shot 9-1 (9-6) Keen, in touch, ridden to lead 1f out, headed last strides, 2nd of 9, nk behind Little Richard (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 6f (7) pol.
York Cliff 4-1jt-fav (8-13) Held up, ridden and headway well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Little Richard (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) std.
Bella Pavlina 12-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden halfway, behind final 4f, last of 12, well behind Cotton Eyed Joe (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f (7) fbs.
Southern Shore (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden along over 3f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp (6) gf in Aug beating Cois Na Tine Eile (8-10) by 2l, 9 ran.
Strathtay 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Whenwillitwin (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll (6) pol.