Devito'sgoldengirl, pictured in the paddock, ran a most game race to be second over a trip short of her best. Having made the running she was tapped for toe rounding the home turn but stayed on strongly to be a good second to a high rated horse. While getting a mares allowance and a couple of penalties from the winner who is rated 125 she ran to form and will find life easier in handicaps next time.
Thorpe has been a true warrior for his past few runs, but having crept up the weights he is vulnerable to a young improver and his second place today was creditable as the race was won by a nice type. He should continue to run to his mark while in good form.
Spoils Of War did not jump well and despite Blair's urgings, he looked awkward at some of the hurdles. He was pulled up before the last and we will check him over before more schooling. Onahandshake looked to travel very well but does not stay the two mile trip at this stage. She should improve for more time.