There was some cut in the ground when Whipcrackaway beat the re-opposing NICHOLASCOPERNICUS at Nottingham last month. On better terms and with that run under his belt, Ed Walker's colt is expected to reverse running here and open his account. John Dunlop has won two of the three previous renewals so Joyful Spirit must be considered along with recent Yarmouth runner-up Kelpie Blitz. Autarch, Renegotiate and Madame St Clair complicate matters as they have all given the impression there is more to come from them.
Autarch (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked winner 2f, stayed in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, one pace and dropped to 4th 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 12, 8l behind Moidore (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (4) gf in Oct.
Dont Take Me Alive 6-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 7l behind Sheila's Buddy (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Byron Blue (IRE) 5-1fav (9-7) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 9th of 13, 7l behind The Giving Tree (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Wreaths of Empire (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leader until 3f out, chased leaders, losing place when short of room inside final 2f, 6th of 14, 17l behind Noble Mission (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) sft in Apr.
Whipcrackaway (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) In touch, pushed along and dropped to rear 7f out, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr beating Nicholascopernicus (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Nicholascopernicus (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Headway to track leaders over 7f out, pressed leader 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Whipcrackaway (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 5l behind Dorry K (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Madame St Clair (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Dwelt and bumped start, close up on inside until lost place over 3f out, rallied on inside and not much room over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 8, 8l behind Zain Princess (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Renegotiate 13-2 (9-4) In rear, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 14l behind Dorry K (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Kelpie Blitz (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Held up in rear, good headway between horses 2f out, soon hung left and chased winner, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Miss Cato (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Play Street 14-1 (8-9) Led early, chased leader until over 2f out, went 2nd again 2f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Laugh Out Loud (8-9) at Kempton 1m Fillies Maiden Auction Stakes (3-5yo) (5) pol in Feb.
Joyful Spirit (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Led, ridden 2 lengths clear over 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Dorry K (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Ermyn Flyer 9-2 (8-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Brighton 1m stks 0-55 (6) sft in Apr beating Cahala Dancer (9-1) by 4l, 11 ran.
Silent Energy (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Close up, pushed along over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 8, 20l behind Karma Chameleon (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.