Catalyze would have a major chance in this on last year's form but he's proved a big disappointment so far this year. Chosen Character, on the other hand, has clearly improved over the winter and for the fitting of a visor and chasing a hat-trick after wins at Haydock and Pontefract. Chilled can build on his victory in a Leicester maiden and has more scope than either Fred Willetts or Kingscroft, first and second over a mile here two weeks ago while the penny has finally dropped with Beverley scorer Power Punched. But the vote goes to BERTIEWHITTLE, who just failed to land a classified stakes at York after winning at Musselburgh and has earned his new mark.
Fred Willetts (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden and hard pressed from over 1f out, kept on gamely, in command final 80 yards, won at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Kingscroft (8-13) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Waking Warrior 40-1 (8-1) Always towards rear, no chance when switched left inside final furlong, 13th of 20, 7l behind Lexi's Hero (8-11) at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Chilled 11-8fav (9-3) Steadied start, held up towards rear, hampered over 4f out, sustained run on outer from over 2f out to lead over 1f out, soon in command, idled inside final furlong, won at Leicester 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) gd in May beating Uppercut (9-3) by 2l, 11 ran.
Kingscroft (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Made all, ridden over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Red Gulch (9-8) by shd, 13 ran.
Catalyze 33-1 (8-5) Raced stands side, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, 21st of 29, 12l behind Sagramor (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Chosen Character (IRE) 7-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders and keen on outer, chased leader over 4f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Tasfeya (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Power Punch (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Fractious and reluctant to load in stalls, raced keenly, made all, in command when edged left over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Beverley 7f mdn stks (5) gf beating Striking The Wind (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Bertiewhittle 15-8fav (8-11) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind My Son Max (8-11) at York 7f Stakes (0-80) (3-4yo) (4) gd.
Major Conquest (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on near finish, 4th of 11, 8l behind Norse Blues (8-7) at Epsom Downs 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.