Rio's Rosanna still appears to be improving and was a ready winner on soft ground at York 12 days ago. She's 9lb higher now, however, while Entihaa carries a penalty for last week's success at Thirsk. Mica Mika looks a shade high in the weights now but does have the beating of Bollin Greta on their run together at Haydock. This may be too tough for Veiled Applause and Hawkeshead while Dark Dune is no certainty to confirm Pontefract running with King Kurt on 6lb worse terms. Tres Coronas will enjoy the going but is better over 1m2f and we prefer the claims of LEXI'S BOY. The grey made giant strides over hurdles during the winter and looks well treated back on the Flat. Donald McCain has a terrific record with similar types in his yard.
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 9-2fav (9-6) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on well, won at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Battery Power (9-0) by 4l, 15 ran.
Mica Mika (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Soon towards rear, pushed along halfway, plugged on inside final furlong, no threat, 6th of 10, 6l behind Number Theory (9-0) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Northside Prince (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 4th over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Danadana (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) In touch on inside, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Licence To Till (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Hong Kong Island (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway on outer over 2f out, soon hung right, kept on and edged left inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 19, 3/4l behind Crackentorp (10-13) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Bollin Greta 9-1 (8-13) Reared start, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 12, 5l behind Reem Star (8-8) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Eltheeb 7-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 16l behind Danadana (9-4) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Veiled Applause 25-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, every chance over 2f out, soon chased winner, kepton and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 19, 3l behind Crackentorp (10-13) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) In touch, headway 2f out, not clear run and switched left 1f out, ran on, not quite reached winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Brockfield (8-9) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Entihaa 9-4fav (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating Flying Power (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 15-8fav (8-13) Maded all joined over 4f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to assert final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun '11 beating Quiz Mistress (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
King Kurt (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leader until ridden over 3f out, driven and dropped to last over 1f out, rallied to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Dark Dune (8-9) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Union Island (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 8th of 11, 31l behind Admirable Duque (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Smokey Oakey (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, headway 3f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 7th of 12, 16l behind Qahriman (9-0) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Hawkeshead 5-1 (9-12) Led 1f, chased leader, led again 7f out, brought field to stand's side straight, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft beating Anna's Arch (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Lucky Windmill 7-2 (9-5) Slowly away, in rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 18l behind Full Toss (8-10) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Dark Dune (IRE) 10-3 (8-9) Pulled hard in touch in rear, headway to track leader over 1f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, soon in command, eased near finish, won at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating King Kurt (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.