JO'BURG is given the strong vote to land the finale at the expense of Confide In Me and Mick is Back. The selection won well at Newmarket before finishing an eye catching second off a four pound higher mark thereafter. Although he has top weight to carry his form looks superior to his rivals and if reproducing his best from he is sure to go close once again. Confide In Me caught the eye when second at Yarmouth on his seasonal reappearance. That was a personal best effort to date and he warrants respect off only a three pound higher mark. Mick is Back has plenty of experience to his name and looks a little exposed at present. That said he did run well to finish a decent second to Heroes at Brighton last time out so any market support should be noted. But for the winner we return to Jo'burg.
Jo'burg (USA) 11-4 (8-13) Dwelt badly, behind, progress from over 3f out, ridden to chase winner just inside final furlong, finished well, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Supercast (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Shesha Bear 20-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out, 9th of 10, 30l behind Phoenix Flight (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Bavarica 10-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Addwaitya (11-3) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Mick Is Back 15-2 (8-11) Held up, headway over 3f out, soon 2nd until over 1f out, regained 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Heroes (9-5) at Brighton 1m clm stks (6) gd in May.
Confide In Me 8-1 (8-5) In touch, lost place over 4f out, ridden and headway entering final 2f, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind High Five Society (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Barodine 16-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Teen Ager (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.