Both Doctor Parkes and Bispham Green bounced back last time with 5f victories at Goodwood and Haydock respectively. But both step up a grade for this while the rejuvenated Bear Behind looks back in the handicapper's grip after a second at Ripon. Exceptionelle was sent off favourite on the Turf course at Lingfield last time but it was the same old story for Roger Varian's filly as she came up short once again. NEW FFOREST showed progressive form last season but lost all chance when slowly away in the Epsom Dash on her reappearance. She should be sharper today and gets the nod given Andrew Balding can boast an excellent strike rate with the few runners he sends to the track.
Bear Behind (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Tracked winner until ridden inside final furlong, rallied to regain 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Colonel Mak (8-13) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.
New Fforest 16-1 (8-7) Off the pace in mid-division, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 9th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Caspian Prince (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Burning Thread (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Towards rear, ridden and not much room inside final furlong, never dangerous, 13th of 17, 8l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft.
Exceptionelle 11-4fav (8-13) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Normal Equilibrium (8-8) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Long Awaited (IRE) 11-1 (8-8) Always towards rear and never on terms, 15th of 18, 10l behind Top Boy (7-13) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in May.
Bispham Green 15-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating Bapak Bangsawan (9-4) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Doctor Parkes 7-1 (9-3) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Slip Sliding Away (9-1) by shd, 11 ran.
Rasaman (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Always behind, 14th of 17, 9l behind Robot Boy (9-5) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (3) sft.
L'Ami Louis (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 18, 14l behind Highland Acclaim (8-13) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Alaskan Bullet (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Dwelt, pulled hard, soon in touch, ridden when weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Sunraider (9-1) at Carlisle 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.