BAWAARDI is in good form and gets the nod in the opener, while the other quartet all have some sort of claim. The Richard Fahey-trained selection is now 2lbs higher then when just held over a mile at Kempton on Wednesday, when he ran on well before hitting the wall only yards before the line. His previous effort here proves his liking for this surface and marginally longer trip, and he can today claim the handicap success that his efforts deserve. Stablemate Bolodenka has yet to win in four attempts on artificial surfaces, though he has run well enough in defeat here. This trip looks to be his optimum and he is on a very competitive mark, so could go close. Longoria has emerged in front on three of her last five starts, but after an easy five length win here in April 2008, something was clearly amiss in Listed company at Newbury when she was last seen out a month later. Clearly these conditions will suit, as will the trip, though she has fitness to prove after such a lengthy lay-off. Justcallmehandsome has been put up 7lbs for an eased-down win over course and distance earlier in the month, but with the visor retained he has to be a major player, while Quick Release has been held by useful yardstick Mr Willis on his last two outings and a 1lb drop won't harm his chances. Preference, however, is for Bawaardi.
Bolodenka (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Benandonner (9-0) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Justcallmehandsome 4-1 (8-13) Tracked leading pair, led over 2f out, ridden and soon clear over 1f out, eased towards finish, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Ella Woodcock (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Quick Release (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Mr Willis (9-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Bawaardi (IRE) 9-2 (8-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner final furlong, soon strong challenge, ran on, 2nd of 8, hd behind Mustakmil (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Longoria (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Took keen hold early, held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 22l behind Clowance (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll lst stsk (1) gd in May '08.