Artful Prince knuckled down well to land a hat-trick when scoring by a head at Nottingham last time. An apprentice negates part of a 5lb rise so he should figure again but a chance is taken on the less exposed KEENE. The latter steps up in trip after a close-up fourth over a mile at Newbury but Philip McBride's charge has leading claims if lasting home. Ningbo Express is another who may figure attempting today's distance for the first time but Bahamamay is proving inconsistent having been well beaten since winning here last month.
Ningbo Express (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Song Of Snowdon (9-0) at Ffos Las 1m mdn auc stks (5) gs.
Artful Prince 8-11fav (9-1) Close up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, led post, won at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Sixties Queen (8-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Bahamamay 25-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, driven 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with leaders final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Mash Potato (8-6) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Keene 20-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden 3f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Winslow Arizona (8-7) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Precision Strike 7-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, went modest 4th over 2f out, 4th of 10, 12l behind Arch Event (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Special Report (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Precision Five (9-7) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Betty Boo (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, tailed off over 4f out, last of 5, well behind Slip of The Tongue (9-13) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.