LAYLA'S HERO shares top weight in this but he's 2lb lower than when fourth at Catterick last month and looks to be running into form. He looks a better bet than stablemate Rio Cobolo and can show these rivals a clean pair of heels. The danger may be Suffolk Punch, who only went down by a head at York earlier this month and is a consistent sort at this level, though Viva Ronaldo is well treated on his old form and hinted at a revival at Catterick last time. Bowmaker has gone backwards since finishing second at Lingfield but Not My Choice won at Catterick last month and has good record around here.
Layla's Hero (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Majuro (8-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Invincible Force (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 17l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Bowmaker 9-1 (9-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 4f out, ridden 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 10, 18l behind Truism (9-3) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Viva Ronaldo (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, not much room over 1f out, switched right well inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Roker Park (9-4) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Diman Waters (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 5l behind Bedloe's Island (8-3) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Not My Choice (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 6f out, tracked leader until over 4f out, regained lead over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Striker Torres (8-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Suffolk Punch (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Went left start, disputed close 2nd, driven along to challenge 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on, caught last strides, 2nd of 6, hd behind My Son Max (8-11) at York 7f Stakes (0-80) (3-4yo) (4) gd.
Hotham 25-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 6l behind Ginger Ted (9-11) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 15-2 (8-9) Chased leader standside group, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Xilerator (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Bahamian Lad 40-1 (9-2) Went badly left after start, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon edged left, weakened final furlong, 13th of 20, 7l behind Entitled (9-7) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.