None of these instil much confidence. Raise A Billion remains 7lb higher than his earlier win at Hamilton and Another Royal never looked like troubling the winner when runner-up at Catterick last time. Secret Applause and Princess Rose continue their slide down the weights without showing any improvement as yet, so a speculative vote goes the way of CENTRE HAAFHD. He's less exposed than most and David Barron's charge may come good again taking a drop in class. La Havrese is handicapping for the first time and could finish closer.
Centre Haafhd 5-1 (9-0) Led, pushed along 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon edged left, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 5, 8l behind Top of The Glas (9-0) at Newcastle 7f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
First Experience 28-1 (8-13) In rear, some headway when not clear run 2f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 14l behind Dancealot (8-10) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
La Havrese (FR) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 14l behind Free Rein (8-12) at Newcastle 7f fll mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Secret Applause 14-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Sartori (9-1) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Princess Rose 10-1 (8-2) Hampered start, in rear, hanging left and not clear run over 2f out or over 1f out, some late headway, never on terms, 4th of 7, 7l behind Makin The Rules (9-7) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Another Royal 5-1 (8-2) Held up, headway when not clear run over 2f out, soon switched left, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Makin The Rules (9-7) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Raise A Billion 9-1 (8-2) Ridden leaving stalls, tracked leaders, hampered and lost place 4f out, went 3rd and stayed on same pace from 1f out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Makin The Rules (9-7) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.