It might be worth chancing MOROCCHIUS in this finale with Aussie Blue and Fathey likely to provide the stiffest opposition. Julie Camacho's gelding is now 5lb higher than when winning two races in August last year and he looks of interest on his third start this year. The cheek-pieces are dispensed with but Dale Swift is worth his 5lb claim and the duo can team up for victory. Emirate Isle is a course and distance winner but the blinkers will have to have a huge impact, Eastern Hills has more suitable conditions on this return to action with cheek-pieces applied, whilst Aussie Blue will be more at home on this uphill finish than at Thirsk last time out. Fathey is better than his latest effort suggests but the handicapper grants no leeway, Custard Cream Kid is a different proposition off a mark of 55, whilst Desert Hunter is one of the more consistent in the race and he runs this track well. There is nothing as good as Cheers For Thea in this race so a bold bid is expected. Hettie Hubble is not discounted after a solid Catterick third (form tested by Dispol Kabira in the 4.15 race) however we are happy to plump for Morrochius as the selection.
Eastern Hills 15-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 12l behind Take It Easee (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Morocchius (USA) 7-2 (9-2) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 12l behind Quiet Mountain (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Emirate Isle 25-1 (9-4) Towards rear on outside, pushed along 3f out, driven along over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 13l behind Quiet Mountain (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Saving Grace (8-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 22-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, weakened well over 1f out, last of 18, 37l behind Come And Go (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Fathey (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 8th of 13, 10l behind Cheers For Thea (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Champain Sands (IRE) 18-1 (8-10) Behind, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on well under pressure from over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 13l behind Fujin Dancer (9-2) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Custard Cream Kid (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, hung left and weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 9l behind Dream Win (9-0) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Red China Blues (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon lost place, weakened 2f out, 12th of 13, 40l behind Fujin Dancer (9-2) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd near finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Cheers For Thea (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Eyes Like A Hawk (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Towards rear, lost place 3f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 16l behind Cheers For Thea (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Hettie Hubble 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, lost 2nd place when no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lord Fidelio (9-11) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf.
Mister Maq 40-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace final 2f, 5th of 15, 11l behind Rowan Lodge (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 1f clm stks (6) gf in Jun.
Chicamia 66-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, led after 1f, headed 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 48l behind Carr Hall (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) std in Mar.