Deadly Sting was only beaten half-a-length on his Wetherby debut in April and will be fancied to go one better here. But we just prefer PAIR OF JACKS, who won nicely at Catterick last December and looks the type to keep on improving. Factor Fifty doesn't look as progressive but former pointers Bally Braes and Sir Mangan represent powerful yards and should pay their way. Newcomer The Perfect Crime is preferred to Southwell fourth Hope For Glory of the others.
Factor Fifty (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 12l behind Mont Royale (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Pair Of Jacks (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) Pulled hard early, led after 2f, driven clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec beating Ivan Boru (10-11) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Bally Braes (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Gaelic Stream.
Deadly Sting (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) In touch, chased leaders over 4f out, went 4th over 1f out, kept on well to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Oscar Fortune (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Hope For Glory 6-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, effort over 3f out on outer, ridden over 2f out, soon hung left, no impression, 4th of 7, 16l behind Ballyhooley Boy (10-11) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Ma'ire Rua (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 5f out, 12th of 18, 34l behind Carningli (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs.
Sir Mangan (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tr ldrs, went on aftr 2out, easily, impsve, won at Lingstown 3m ire ptp in Mar beating The Boss's Dream (12-0) by dis, 10 ran.
The Perfect Crime (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Gimme Peace.