Placed in both starts since scoring at Wolverhampton, Ifan is holding his form well and looks sure to make another bold bid. Lutine Charlie is a course and distance winner who can also figure and Saint Irene has claims on her earlier second at Brighton. January's Lingfield winner Precision Five is harder to fancy on his return to action and the speculative vote goes to top weight CROQUEMBOUCHE. He's slipped down the weights this year and only gave way in the closing stages over 1m2f at Windsor last time. Dropping down a grade for this, it could be his turn today.
Croquembouche (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased leader until entering final furlong, no extra in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Cactus Valley (9-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Ifan (IRE) 7-2fav (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Peak Storm (8-5) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Siouxperhero (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 9l behind Lucky Henry (9-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Lutine Charlie (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Teen Ager (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Lady Sylvia 7-1 (8-12) Steadied start, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when pushed left 2f out, staye don same pace in 4th after, 4th of 6, 4l behind Lady Bayside (9-1) at Chepstow 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) gs.
Saint Irene 7-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, staying on same pace when hampered over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 5l behind Amosite (9-9) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Garrisson (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, some late moderate headway, never involved, 7th of 9, 19l behind Automotive (10-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Precision Five 2-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, swished tail and stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Yourinthewill (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.