Camps Bay would be a serious player at this level if it could be guaranteed that he would turn up in the right frame of mind, however, that assumption is a big gamble in itself so it can pay to take a chance that RUSSIAN GEORGE is capable of following up last week's success at Haydock; Dream Of Fortune and Piquante are others to bear in mind. Piquante made steady progress during her time with Michael Bell and, being only lightly raced; she has a bit more to offer. The Selkirk filly might just have needed the run when she finished down the field on her reappearance at Pontefract, so she would be dangerous to rule out too quickly. Dream Of Fortune did well on the all-weather during the winter and is much better than he managed to show in a claimer when he was last seen out. David Evans still paid £6,000 for him on that occasion and it will interest to see if a short break has helped to revive his interest. Camps Bay has faced much stronger opposition in the past and ought to appreciate this ease in grade. However, he is a moody so-and-so, and judging by the non-sustained effort shown on his reappearance, the switch to the David Nicholls yard is yet to start reaping a reward. Therefore, Russian George may be a more profitable partner to side with on this occasion. The four-year-old displayed a willing attitude on Merseyside seven days ago and, from just a 4lb higher mark, Russian George has a live chance of giving his inexperienced rider a day to remember.
Camps Bay (USA) 20-1 (8-6) Held up behind, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 18l behind Albaqaa (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Russian George (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up behind, headway on outer over 2f out, led 1f out, soon headed, rallied inside final furlong, led post, won at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr beating Pendragon (8-7) by shd, 12 ran.
Bolodenka (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway and switched right over 2f out, one pace and no danger after, 8th of 15, 9l behind Alainmaar (9-10) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Thunderstruck 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader 8f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 17l behind Dangerous Midge (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Benedict Spirit (IRE) 17-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, some headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Stanstill (9-9) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs in Mar.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Dwelt, keen, tracked leaders 7f out, ridden and no impression over 2f, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Addwaitya (9-3) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Chosen Forever 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 12, 17l behind Dangerous Midge (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Started very slowly, soon pushed along in rear, hampered on inside well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside furlong, not able to reach leaders, 5th of 9, 10l behind Whodunit (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Piquante 14-1 (9-1) Always in rear, 14th of 16, 39l behind West End Lad (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.