PEKING PRINCE can make the marathon trip north of the border pay off in the opener, while Firebet may prove next best in a competitive event. Andrew Balding sends Peking Prince all the way from Kingsclere and with David Probert claiming a good 3lbs he looks an attractive proposition. He stayed on strongly when scoring at Newbury last time, after taking a while to come to hand this season, and the manner of his success suggested that he can probably now go on and defy an 8lb rise. Firebet concedes 16lbs to the selection, and that may just prove beyond him. He is 6lbs higher than when scoring at Nottingham last week, and he goes well at this trip and on fast ground, so he is given due respect. Beautiful Breeze looked in the grip of the handicapper at Sandown but this extra furlong might help him find a bit extra, while African Art won a Haydock maiden and was then out of his depth at Newmarket, but this is easier and he may well figure. Tiger Reigns might benefit from the drop back in trip but he was well beaten last time and Peking Prince is preferred.
Firebet (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Mull Of Killough (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
African Art (USA) 13-2 (8-12) Raced centre, held up, joined main group over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headway and one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Four Winds (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo stk (3) gf in May.
Big Apple Boy (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Silver Games (9-3) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (4) gf in May.
Green Agenda 7-2 (8-0) Stumbled start, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Dream Lodge (9-9) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Come And Go (UAE) 20-1 (8-11) Reared at start, slow into stride, held up towards rear, ridden along halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Roman Republic (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Peking Prince 10-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-divison, headway travelling well 2f out, shaken up to lead 1f out, ran on well, in command when edged left final 50 yards, won at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Carbon Hoofprint (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Tiger Reigns 7-2 (9-0) Held up behind leaders, ridden along over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Geneva Geyser (8-9) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Beautiful Breeze (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Pushed along 3f out, always towards rear, 8th of 10, 10l behind Cyflymder (9-6) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Spinners End (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Sir Isaac (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.