TUSCULUM gets the nod here and is preferred to Lady Pilot and Bijou Dan. The Barney Curley trained gelding won with a bit in hand on his all-weather debut last time and it looks like some of his former ability remains. That win should have raised his confidence and it would be no surprise if he makes it two wins in two outings this year. Lady Pilot has been largely disappointing in two starts since returning to the turf earlier this year. Jim Best's exposed mare had been running off a career high mark and it told. Her last victory came just three starts ago though and in such lowly company she can make the frame here. Bijou Dan looked to have returned to action in good form earlier this year but has failed to build on that performance and was disappointing last time out. On paper he looks better than the remainder, but he has proven a little unreliable in the past Al Azy ran with credit last time, he proved suited by a significant step up in trip and improved on his recent efforts and looks capable of putting pressure on the earlier mentioned but for us Tusculum looks like making it a double.
Bijou Dan 9-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 13l behind Northern Dune (9-1) at Redcar 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Apr.
Harcas (IRE) 66-1 (9-8) Led, ridden over 4f out, headed over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Daraiym (8-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
River Danube 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Eforetta (8-11) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.
Aleron (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 3f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 12, 9l behind Daraiym (8-2) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Lady Pilot 9-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, held on, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Nounou (9-0) by nk, 13 ran.
Its Moon (IRE) 15-2 (9-8) Always behind, reminder soon after start, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 21l behind Covert Mission (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f hcap (6) gs in Oct.
Toboggan Lady 9-2 (9-8) In touch, ridden along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 19l behind Merrymaker (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcap (6) gs in Sep.
Thunderwing (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, last of 10, 20l behind Monaadi (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcap (6) pol in Feb.
Tusculum (IRE) 8-11fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside, and not clear run briefly over 2f out, soon switched left, shaken up to chase clear leader over 1f out, ran on to lead final 100 yards, comfortably, won at Kempton 1m 4f stks (7) pol in Feb beating Desert Lark (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Josh You Are 18-1 (9-7) Always in the rear, tailed off 2f out, last of 13, well behind Rough Sketch (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Coronado's Gold (USA) 14-1 (8-5) Missed break and switched left start, behind, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 15l behind Herrera (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Al Azy (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Rare Coincidence (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Wulimaster (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 14, 16l behind Sir Sandicliffe (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f hcap (6) gs in Oct.
Hunting Haze 33-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 7, 7l behind Orkney (8-8) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) fbs in Dec.
Spiritonthemount (USA) 22-1 (7-13) Soon pushed along and reminders after 1f, headway after 6f, chased leaders over 4f, led over 3f out, led well over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Eforetta (8-11) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.