Jack My Boy carries a 6lb penalty for last week's victory at Chepstow and that may be enough to prevent a follow-up. SAND BOY has been raised 7lb for his recent win at Ayr but the three-year-old has scope for further improvement this year so Charlie Hills' colt gets the nod. Italian Tom threw in one of his regular below-par efforts when sent off favourite at Bath last time, although he'd gone close at the same track before that, while Novabridge had been running well over the minimum trip on the Polytrack prior to disappointing on Turf last time. Taurus Twins was engaged to run at Salisbury yesterday.
Jack My Boy (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun beating Belle Bayardo (9-6) by nk, 11 ran.
Taurus Twins 16-1 (9-2) Led after 1f and got on rail, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind O'Gorman (9-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Italian Tom (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) In touch on inside, pushed along halfway, weakened soon after, last of 13, 16l behind Clear Spring (9-10) at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Jun.
Sand Boy (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Towards rear, not much rooom over 1f out, soon headway, quickened lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Someone's Darling (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Novabridge 11-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, last of 11, 13l behind Powerful Wind (9-1) at Bath 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Jun.
Swendab (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Led, hung badly left to far side over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 12, 5l behind Sarangoo (9-7) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.