Both Melundy and Sharp Eclipse look set to go well but neither may be able to cope with the challenge of PRAESEPE, who gets the vote. The William Haggas-trained selection has been a beaten favourite on both starts so far, being held in second on debut at Wolverhampton before returning from a break to weaken in to third over 6f at Ffos Las. Hopefully that run will have given her further education and this ground suits, so with the drop in trip a positive we will side with her to overcome a low draw. Melundy went close here over course and distance last time and loves these conditions. A 2lb drop will help and she looks a threat. Sharp Eclipse is finding a first win to be elusive and is now dropped to this stiff 5f, but nonetheless has stronger claims than most. Mottley Crewe has shown a glimmer of ability and is one to note in the market but we are happy to side with Praesepe. Jonathan Doidge.
Alis Aquilae (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and always behind, last of 10, 21l behind Crimea (9-3) at Thirsk 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jun '09.
Grant Me A Wish 200-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced throughout, tailed off, last of 18, 47l behind Primaeval (9-3) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Oct.
Residency (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd halfway, driven to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Welcome Approach (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-63 (6) pol in Dec.
Media Jury 40-1 (8-10) Chased leaders over 2f, soon tightened up, no impression after, 8th of 13, 6l behind Pinball (8-11) at Beverley 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Jun.
Mottley Crewe 8-1 (9-3) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Philosophers Stone (9-3) at Catterick 5f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in May.
Prince Of Nama (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Held up, went modest 4th well over 1f out, 4th of 6, 11l behind Ryan Style (9-11) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Sharp Eclipse 11-8fav (9-7) Quickly away, led, ridden well over 1f out, headed over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Bonnie Brae (9-2) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Tislaam (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Dies Solis (8-5) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Toms Return One Cool Cat colt out of Break Of Dawn.
Daisy Brown 40-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, lost place 3f out, last of 10, 19l behind Dies Solis (8-5) at Doncaster 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Melundy 11-1 (8-7) Mid-division, switched left when not much room over 1f out, soon headway, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mercers Row (9-3) at Beverley 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Praesepe 2-1fav (8-10) Went left start, soon tracking leaders, went 3rd well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression when carried left inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Sheer Force (9-1) at Ffos Las 6f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Rare Tern (IRE) 9-1 (8-5) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Pose (8-12) at Salisbury 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Rio's Girl 22-1 (8-9) Awkward leaving stalls and rider lost right iron, chased leaders, hit rail 4f out, rider soon recovered iron, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Philosophers Stone (9-3) at Catterick 5f 3yo mdn aut (6) gf in May.