Automotive has been running well in amateur races and won one of them at Newbury last time. He makes more appeal than Josie's Dream, who scored at Warwick before a poor effort at Yarmouth last week. Liberty Love has been threatening to get his head back in front but is 2lb higher today despite not winning so GAELIC ICE is preferred. She's slipped 5lb down the weights and showed the benefit when going close over a shorter trip at Windsor a week ago. Pat Millman takes a further 3lb off her back today and she already has the beating of Stag Hill on earlier form.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) In touch, lost place 9f out, ridden 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind First Rock (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov '11.
Automotive 20-1 (10-2) Patiently ridden, held up in rear, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led and edged left inside final furlong, soon clear, won at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun beating Capitol Gain (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Josie's Dream (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 20l behind Frosty Secret (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Liberty Love (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Speed Steed (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Gaelic Ice 7-1 (8-5) Held up in mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, never going pace to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Easter Diva (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Stag Hill (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 4l behind Hawaiian Freeze (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) fm in Jun.
Transfer 8-1 (8-5) Keen in touch, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 9, 6l behind Standpoint (10-0) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Lisselan Pleasure (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, staying on when not much room over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Hawaiian Freeze (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) fm in Jun.
Richo 12-1 (10-5) Slowly away, in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 12, 9l behind Turjuman (10-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.