BLAZING KNIGHT was clearly fancied at Windsor on his latest start and Ralph Beckett's colt can make amends here. The son of Red Clubs was tried under enterprising tactics and though he failed to hang on to a lead over that relatively flat six furlongs; if he takes to Epsom, he sets a stiff standard for the rest. Richard Hannon won this race last year and is represented by Black Monk. The Dark Angel colt has had a brief absence since we last saw him at Salisbury and he can confirm form with Pearl Bounty as the winner and second in that contest have gone on to win since. Clement looked clueless in the early stages of his debut though he is likely to have learned plenty for the experience and Blessington is one to note with the future in mind.
Birdy Boy (USA) 9-2 (9-3) In touch on outside, pushed along halfway, soon lost place, last of 9, 36l behind Secret Destination (8-9) at Carlisle 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jun.
Black Monk (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Bungle Inthejungle (9-3) at Salisbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Blazing Knight (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Led, edged left over 1f out, narrowly headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Secret Sign (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Blessington (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Started very slowly, towards rear and green, badly hampered on rails over 2f out, switched left, kept on inside final furlong, not recover, 6th of 10, 7l behind I'm Back (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Cappadocia (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Disputed lead, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, no chance with leading duo over 1f out, weakened to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 6l behind Hipster (8-13) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.
Clement (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold early and off the pace in 5th, pushed along over 2f out, effort on inside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Star Breaker (9-3) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Jun.
Meringue Pie 2-1fav (9-3) Mid-division and pushed along, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Baddilini (9-3) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Pearl Bounty (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) In rear, headway over 2f out, no chance with leaders, well held over 1f out, 6th of 9, 13l behind Bungle Inthejungle (9-3) at Salisbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Persian Marvel (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, soon hung left, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 10l behind Tobacco Road (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.