Ningbo Express has become disappointing and was beaten a long way behind LITTLE KING ROBIN at Killarney last month. She's a bit better off at the weights here but it might not be enough to turn the tables on Colin Bowe's mare, who gets the vote. Emily Gray is fairly exposed but ran a cracker behind As I Am in a Listed race at Cheltenham in April and can't be ignored. Fourni has run well on the Flat since winning a maiden at Punchestown but winning pointer Nevada Rose is likely to find things happening too quickly.
Emily Gray (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 2 out, stayed on under pressure, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind As I Am (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares listed nov hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Little King Robin (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Made all, clear 3 out, soon extended advantage, stayed on well, easily, won at Killarney 2m 1f hdl in May beating Whisper Rock (11-2) by 15l, 7 ran.
Fourni (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, not fluent 2nd, improved 2 out, 4th before straight, challenged travelling smoothly from before last where on terms when slightly slow, led run-in, quickened well to draw clear closing stages, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May beating Marchese Marconi (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 24 ran.
Nevada Rose (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, behind halfway, some late headway final furlong, never a factor, 9th of 13, 28l behind Big Kern (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gd.
Ningbo Express (IRE) 4-5fav (10-3) Held up in mid-division, headway after 7th, led before last, driven flat, headed post, 2nd of 11, hd behind Royale Django (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.