Hill Of Dreams has been in fine fettle on the all-weather and scored at Kempton last month. But he finished nearer last on his only previous start on Turf and BYRD IN HAND makes more appeal. John Bridger's charge went close to catching the winner at Salisbury last time and is 5lb lower than when scoring at this track last year. Winners on the Polytrack, Divine Rule and Fonterutoli have yet to score on this surface but Bloodsweatandtears won off a higher mark at this course last year albeit in soft ground.
Hill Of Dreams (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Rezwaan (9-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Saint Irene 33-1 (8-5) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 15l behind Sharp And Smart (9-4) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Bloodsweatandtears 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, headway on ouside to chase leaders 5f out, went 3rd over 4f out until 3f out, weakened under pressure over 2f out, 7th of 10, 12l behind Minority Interest (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Darnathean 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 4l behind Midnight Feast (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Indian Violet (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Keen close up, ridden 2f out, effort inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Cuthbert (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Attain 3-1fav (9-7) Led until over 5f out, chased winner until well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra in closing stages, 5th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Monsieur Pontaven (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Lightning Spirit (10-12) last of 7, 16l behind Grey Panel (9-10) at Les Landes(JER) 1m 1f hcp gd in Apr.
Another Squeeze 50-1 (9-7) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 10l behind Hard Road (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and challenging for 2nd from 2f out, outright 2nd 1f out and closed on winner, always just held, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind The Mongoose (9-8) at Salisbury 7f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Ermyn Flyer 3-1fav (9-6) In touch, ridden 3f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 10l behind Poetry Writer (9-6) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr.
Divine Rule (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Off the pace and always behind, 10th of 11, 11l behind Space War (9-7) at Lingfield 7f ladies hcap (5) gd.
Signora Frasi (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 7l behind Rezwaan (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Trust Me Boy 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, 12th of 13, 12l behind Chevise (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Raced wide close up, effort to go 3rd 2f out, kept on one pace and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Matraash (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Devon Diva 40-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, eased final 2f, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Iguacu (8-6) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Sep.
Rainbow Riches (IRE) (10-2) last of 3, 3l behind Pas D'action (10-7) at L'Ancresse(GUE) 1m hcp gd.