The betting suggested Matraash would return to form at Lingfield last time and he duly did so when scoring with a bit in hand. A 9lb rise may anchor him in this, however, and APRIL CIEL makes more appeal. Ron Harris' charge beat Stag Hill, James Pollard and Bold Cross over course and distance earlier this month and can go in again off a 4lb higher mark. Evergreen Forest escapes a penalty for winning an apprentice race over a shorter trip at Warwick last week but this is tougher and Gaelic Silver is preferred on his return to the Flat.
Gaelic Silver (FR) 13-2 (9-2) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Significant Move (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Secret Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Steadied start in touch in rear, ridden over 4f out, soon beaten, last of 5, well behind Yours Ever (8-10) at Haydock 2m hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Matraash (USA) 5-2fav (9-7) Keen tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Angelena Ballerina (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tawseef (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) In rear, headway 3f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Tafawuk (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Dandy (GER) 8-1 (8-7) In touch in 5th on inside, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened soon after, 15th of 16, 25l behind Take Two (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
April Ciel 6-1 (9-1) Keen always prominent, led over 2f out, ridden out, won at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Stag Hill (8-9) by nk, 12 ran.
Bold Cross (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) In rear, headway and switched right over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind April Ciel (9-1) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Flash Crash 40-1 (7-13) Switched right to race alone far side, in touch, ridden over 3f out, headway and hung left over 2f out, joined centre group and every chance over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Odin (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (6) gd in Sep.
James Pollard (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) In touch, effort over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind April Ciel (9-1) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Elegant Ophelia 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Gabrial's Hope (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Six Silver Lane 20-1 (8-2) Led, hung right on bend and headed over 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, hung left and weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 16l behind Gold Show (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Evergreen Forest (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Warwick 1m app hcp (6) gf beating Balmoral Castle (8-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Drummond 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 20l behind King Olav (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Tyrur Ted 20-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 7l behind Ishikawa (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Stag Hill (IRE) 9-2fav (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, gaining on winner near finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind April Ciel (9-1) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Belle Park 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Downtown Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.