Dual Polytrack winner Great Demeanor makes his debut on Turf but seems best over 7f. Grandorio competes under a penalty after winning at Newcastle last Wednesday while Mark Johnston runs Staffhoss and Fraserburgh. Joe Fanning rides the latter, third at Musselburgh on his latest start, so he looks the stable pick. BARTACK showed promise in his first season and was only beaten a length by Lilac Lace on his reappearance at Redcar. With Patrick Hills taking off 3lb, he looks ready to open his account now though Derwent took on better company last season and Dusky Queen was sent off favourite on her comeback at Ripon so is presumably thought capable of better.
Derwent (USA) 20-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final 2f, 11th of 16, 11l behind Professor (9-7) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Dusky Queen (IRE) 15-8fav (8-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Country Western (8-13) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Grandorio (IRE) 10-3 (9-6) Led after 2f, pushed out final furlong, won at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Grey Street (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Staffhoss 11-2 (9-4) Chased leader, ridden halfway, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Teophilip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Bartack (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Towards rear, chased leaders halfway, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Lilac Lace (8-13) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Great Demeanor (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Took keen hold and prominent, led 5f out, pushed along and strongly pressed inside final furlong, found extra in closing stages, won at Kempton 7f 3yo stks 0-75 (5) pol in Apr beating Secret Beau (9-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Fraserburgh (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Dark Emerald (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Llaregyb (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, shaken up and one pace over 1f out, never threatened, 9th of 16, 13l behind Cape Peron (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gs in Apr.