DUKE OF PERTH was returned a losing favourite when runner-up at Pontefract last time, but what seemed a disappointing effort at the time looks better in hindsight. The winner Royal Skies has won again since and the third-placed horse has also franked the form with a victory. Luca Cumani's charge gets another chance today on that basis. Perfect Cracker posted a poor effort effort back over a mile last time having scored over track and trip before that but he can figure along with Honey Of A Kitten. Wilfred Pickles was still beaten a long way when runner-up at Kempton last month and Stiff Upper Lip makes more appeal that the top weight.
Wilfred Pickles (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up in last trio, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Legendary (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Perfect Cracker 7-1 (8-13) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, last of 4, 6l behind Gworn (9-2) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 14-1 (8-10) With leader, led after about 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened inside last 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Burnham (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Flying Trader (USA) 11-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Spirit Of The Law (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
April Ciel 3-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed inside final 3f, chased winner until 2f out, no extra and lost 3rd final 110 yards, weakened to 5th towards finish, 5th of 7, 5l behind Play Street (9-0) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Duke Of Perth 2-1fav (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, chased winner 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Royal Skies (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 7l behind Special Meaning (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Cio Cio San (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Raced keenly, chased leaders, weakened 2f out, last of 11, 17l behind Fiducia (8-13) at Kempton 7f fll hcp (5) pol in Jun.
Sandy's Row (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Dwelt, towards rear, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Aeronwyn Bryn (8-13) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.