Face The Problem proved himself a speedy individual last year and made an encouraging reappearance when third to Iver Bridge Lad at Nottingham. He is likely to blaze a trail here from stall one and must go on the short-list. But we'll give anther chance to AHTOUG, who had Julius Geezer and Ballista behind when second to Night Carnation at Sandown 12 days ago. Successful at Beverley and Wolverhampton last year, the Godolphin colt looks reasonably handicapped at present. Bold Bidder ran a nice race when returning to handicap company at Doncaster and looks best of the rest as Mappin Time may need this, Scarlet Rocks looks to be regressing and Jamesway is possibly just too high in the weights at present.
Face The Problem (IRE) 11-2 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden and pressing leaders inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Iver Bridge Lad (9-7) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) fm in Apr.
Julius Geezer (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Night Carnation (9-7) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Ballista (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 15l behind Night Carnation (9-7) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Mappin Time (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 22, 14l behind Ladies Are Forever (7-12) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gs in Oct.
Ahtoug 15-8fav (8-13) Keen tracked leader, led approaching 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, wandered under pressure and hit rail a couple of times, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Night Carnation (9-7) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Jamesway (IRE) 18-1 (9-2) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Bold Bidder 5-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Azzurra Du Caprio (9-0) at Doncaster 5f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Apr.
Scarlet Rocks (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Pulled hard early, tracked leader, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Quality Art (8-11) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.