Both Royal Bajan and Imaginary Diva scored over 5f last week and both carry 6lb penalties as a consequence. THE STRIG makes more appeal as he won over course and distance last month and was beaten only a length in a higher grade handicap than this on his latest start at the track. Johnny Splash has something to find with the selection on earlier running here and Royal Trix is preferred to Volito as the former drops back in distance.
Royal Bajan (USA) 10-1 (9-10) Made all on near side rail, clear when ridden inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Saxonette (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
The Strig 7-2 (8-10) Held up in 4th, headway and squeezed through over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 6, 1l behind Amenable (9-1) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Royal Trix 3-1 (9-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Pastureyes (9-2) at Brighton 6f mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gd.
Imaginary Diva 7-2 (9-6) Held up in rear, smooth headway from 2f out, led over 1f out, driven out, ran on well, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gf beating Burnt Cream (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Volito 12-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 10, 6l behind Pucon (8-13) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 4-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Arch Walker (9-0) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.