Declamation won his maiden over 7f here in May but has yet to threaten in handicaps while Hard Core Debt will need a big improvement on his recent form in Ireland if he's to figure on his debut for new connections. A 7f winner at Catterick, Silkelly can be given a chance if she stays the longer trip and breeding suggests she will, but ZAITSEV looks the one to beat. Ollie Pears' charge had a subsequent winner back in third when scoring over track and trip earlier this month and a follow-up looks on the cards.
Hard Core Debt 25-1 (9-8) Slowly away and in rear, ridden 3f out, no impression 2f out and kept on one pace, 7th of 8, 5l behind Target Acquired (8-9) at Cork 7f hcp 50-80 sft in Jun.
Zaitsev (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Orions Hero (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Silkelly 2-1 (9-7) Led 1f, tracked leader, led 2f, soon riden, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1/2l behind Absolute Diamond (7-13) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Declamation (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Pressed winner until 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Springheel Jake (9-4) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.