None of these are easily dismissed including the newcomer Imagine The Chat. But the vote goes to FLYING EAGLE after a close-up second at Sandown given recent course and distance winner, Capilla, is burdened with a penalty. Thomas Junior showed promise on his debut at this track in March and makes more appeal than the others returning from a lay-off, Jazz Thyme and Gorsky Island.
Capilla (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, soon led, pushed clear final furlong, won at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Oct beating Red Devil Lads (11-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Flying Eagle (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway 6f out, led over 2f out, soon headed, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Hello George (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) hvy.
Gorsky Island 3-1 (12-0) Mid div, 5th 1/2 way, 2nd 3out, 2nd bef last,kow, rallied on run in, just faild, 2nd of 10, hd behind Realt Ath Dara (11-9) at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Imagine The Chat Kayf Tara gelding out of Be My Bird.
Thomas Junior (FR) 9-4fav (10-0) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Steel City (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Mar.
Jazz Thyme (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway 7f out, ridden over 4f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Noir Girl (10-4) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Aug.