BACCARAT looked an improved colt when winning over 7f at York on his return to action. Today's longer trip shouldn't be a problem and the re-opposing Ardmay has since franked the form with a win at Haydock. Dangers abound not least Stellar Express who bids for a hat-trick after a recent double at Nottingham though Xinbama steps up in distance on the back of his recent victories over 7f which included a defeat of Lady Layla at Haydock. Satanic Beat was a clear winner at Pontefract last time and can also figure along with the less exposed Basseterre who won with a bit in hand at Haydock last month and looks the main threat.
Abishena (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and no impression 2f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 23l behind Gabrial (9-1) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp (2) fm in May.
Stellar Express (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Made most, ridden 2f out, driven out, gamely, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Negin (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Assizes 22-1 (8-11) Led until over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 7th of 10, 14l behind Chapter Seven (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Baccarat (IRE) 5-1fav (8-8) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, edged left inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May beating Van Der Art (9-3) by nk, 17 ran.
Ardmay (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Raced wide held up, headway 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Strada Facendo (8-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Just Fabulous 16-1 (8-13) With leader, keen hold, led over 6f out, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Thomas Chippendale (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Made all, ridden 2f out, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Deepsand (9-3) by 4l, 5 ran.
Basseterre (IRE) 11-4 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon hung left, led over 1f out, ran on well, eased close home, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Devdas (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Xinbama (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up, switched right and headway over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Lady Layla (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Lady Layla 4-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 20l behind Madam Macie (9-5) at Carlisle 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf.