ALGAR LAD is progressing nicely and followed an easy victory at Leicester with a decent effort from an 11lb higher mark in a better race than this at Newcastle. He looks capable of better and can concede weight all round. Rothesay Chancer had Gowanharry a nose behind on soft ground at Musselburgh a month ago and has since scored on fast going at Carlisle. But the runner-up is 6lb better off and should have few problems reversing the form, especially as he didn't get the run of the race. Megaleka had Rothesay Chancer three lengths behind when scoring over the track and trip in April with Perfect Blossom behind and should confirm the form on the revised terms so Alan Bailey's charge looks a big threat.
Algar Lad 5-1 (9-1) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 13, 6l behind Robot Boy (9-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Megaleka 12-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Asian Trader (8-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jun.
Rothesay Chancer 16-1 (9-7) Well outpaced in rear, ridden and good headway on outside over 1f out, strong run to lead final 100 yards, won at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Boxing Shadows (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Mutafaakir (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Led, driven when headed over 1f out, weakened, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Line Of Reason (9-9) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Gowanharry (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, short of room inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Rothesay Chancer (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Perfect Blossom 9-2 (9-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind Captain Dunne (9-7) at Haydock 5f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Jinky 14-1 (8-7) Towards rear, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind George Rooke (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jun.