Bold Cross scored at Bath last time and Gabrial The Duke was successful at Catterick last week. However, both carry a penalty today and TASTE THE WINE makes more appeal. The latter has won twice over course and distance and this looks easier than his latest task in a higher grade handicap in which he finished third. Rancher won a seller on the all-weather in May and makes his debut for new connections today while Jewelled Dagger remains 7lb higher than his victory over track and trip in the same month.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Instrumentalist (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Silver Samba (9-9) at Chepstow 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
James Pollard (IRE) 5-1fav (8-9) Close up, ridden to lead over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 10l behind Tawseef (9-1) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Piers Gaveston (IRE) 10-3fav (9-10) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 4th of 7, 11l behind The Ducking Stool (9-8) at Yarmouth 1m 3f app hcp (6) gf.
Bold Cross (IRE) 3-1 (9-11) Held up well in rear, steady headway on inside 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, led inside final 2f, soon clear, easily, won at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm beating Petersboden (9-1) by 11l, 6 ran.
Sommersturm (GER) 50-1 (8-9) Behind most of way, 7th of 11, 15l behind Velvetina (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 10, 10l behind Grand Diamond (8-11) at Ayr 1m 5f app hcp (6) gf.
Gabrial The Duke (IRE) 11-10fav (8-12) Stumbled start tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden out, readily, won at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Bayan Kasirga (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Kristallo (GER) 20-1 (9-1) Led until 10f out, chased leader until 8f out, went 2nd again on inside over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 13, 32l behind Star Alliance (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Jan De Heem 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, driven over 1f out, never a factor, 6th of 9, 11l behind Couloir Extreme (9-8) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Shirazz 25-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, weakened quickly over 3f out, eased when well beaten over 1f out, last of 12, 21l behind Easter Diva (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Brave Helios 100-1 (9-0) In rear, never near leaders, 9th of 14, 14l behind Testudo (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Euroquip Boy (IRE) 40-1 (9-9) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden over 4f out, never in contention, 9th of 13, 16l behind Crucis Abbey (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Pursivere 25-1 (8-13) Led until 8f out, chased leader until over 3f out, weakened soon after, 8th of 9, 15l behind Couloir Extreme (9-8) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Rancher (IRE) 4-6fav (8-12) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in last pair, good headway on inside over 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in May beating Hail To Princess (8-7) by 1l, 6 ran.