CRYSTALLIZE is given the vote to land himself back in the winners enclosure at the expense of Napoletano and Patavium Prince. The selection landed back to back races at Wolverhampton and Warwick last month and was not discredited when finishing fourth of eleven at Warwick last time out. He runs off the same mark of 68 today and is given weight all round so if at his best he is sure to go close. Napoletano has won at this venue twice in his career so is on the verge of being a course specialist. He is not however the most prolific of winners so has to be treated with some caution. Patavium Prince caught the eye when finishing second to Golden Prospect at this venue last time out. That form reads well and if able to reproduce that same level of form he ought to go close once again. Crystallize however is the form pick and takes preference.
Kipchak (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Led, headed over 2f out, one pace until weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 5l behind White Deer (10-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Choreography 33-1 (8-10) Steadied rear, some headway over 2f out, never reached leaders, 10th of 15, 9l behind King's Wonder (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Patavium Prince (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not clear run over 1f out, switched left, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, caught near finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Golden Prospect (8-3) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
My Learned Friend (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 5l behind Lodi (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Louphole 10-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden 3f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 9l behind Sherjawy (8-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Napoletano (GER) 13-2 (9-4) Steadied start, keen, effort 2f out, not clear run inside final furlong, held, 7th of 13, 7l behind Carlitos Spirit (9-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Rebel City 10-1 (9-2) Prominent, effort over 2f out, soon beaten, 11th of 14, 16l behind White Deer (10-0) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Crystallize 4-1 (9-5) Mid-division, raced keenly, headway over 1f out, not quicken well inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2l behind Bahamian Kid (10-0) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.