A progressive three-year-old, RUSCELLO will be winning again soon on the evidence of his comeback third at Kempton and it could be today. Ed Walker's charge is preferred to Scatter Dice, thereabouts in both starts this term and Angel Gabrial, who was beaten a head in a lesser grade handicap at Windsor last time. Tahaamah and Mexicali are both winners but haven't raced for over a year and this is tougher than the race Noble Alan won at Thirsk in September. Tinshu finished fourth over a shorter trip in the Winter Derby in March and can compete off a 9lb lower mark back on Turf. She makes more appeal than both Aquilonius and Australia Day if lasting home.
Tahaamah 13-8fav (9-3) 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Sharaayeen (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f hcp in Mar '12.
Ruscello (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Prominent, not clear run over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, 3rd and held close home, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Niceofyoutotellme (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Apr.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed well inside final furlong, soon dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Sun Central (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Noble Alan (GER) 5-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, won at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep beating Suegioo (9-1) by nk, 10 ran.
Aquilonius (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Universal (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Angel Gabrial (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, hard ridden and switched left inside final furlong, stayed on in closing stages, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Guising (8-13) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Tinshu (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) In touch, weakened well over 2f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Miblish (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Harvard N Yale (USA) 16-1 (8-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 19, 5l behind Ahzeemah (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gf in Sep.
Australia Day (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Led, clear after 4f, 10 lengths ahead halfway, reduced lead 5f out, headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, 8th of 9, 20l behind Seaside Sizzler (9-4) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Apr.
Sirvino 11-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and one pace 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, went 4th near finish, 4th of 7, 8l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Mexicali (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 4f 4yo stk gd in Apr '12 beating Sortilege (8-8) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Maria's Choice (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 7l behind Dr Yes (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Oct.
Robin Hood (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, pushed along inside final 3f, headway over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 16, 6l behind Take Two (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.