Having got off the mark at the 10th time of asking perhaps the confidence of SHEER FORCE will have been boosted enough for him to land this from Adventure Story and R Woody. William Knight's charge won well at Ffos Las last time and had them strung out in behind. Having shown some decent form as a juvenile he'd become disappointing prior to that but he should go on from here and has his handicap mark unaltered; having placed off a pound higher in March there's every chance he'll take some beating with conditions ideal. Adventure Story shaped as though in need of the run last time and Richard Hannon's filly must be factored into calculations. She beat 90-rated Jarrow when landing her maiden and also took second behind 93-rated Miss Zooter prior to that, so this mark of 74 could prove generous in the fullness of time and we expect a bold show. R Woody was ahead of Adventure Story last time but may struggle to confirm that form back in handicap company, however he shapes as though six furlongs suits better than five and that Windsor run suggests he's not just an all-weather specialist. In contrast Al Khimiya could be called one having only won at Kempton; the combination of turf, a 6lb rise for her last win and this drop in trip is enough for us to confidently oppose the filly. Caldermud needs to improve on what he's shown but needs a market check ahead of his handicap debut whilst One Hit Wonder looked one pace during his and this drop in distance may not suit. Sheer Force gets the marginal vote ahead of Adventure Story.
Adventure Story 6-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in touch on outside, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Vanilla Rum (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd.
R Woody 20-1 (9-0) In touch on rail, ridden 2f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten leaders, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Vanilla Rum (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd.
Sheer Force (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, switched left over 2f out, led just inside final 2f, came clear final furlong, easily, won at Ffos Las 6f mdn stks (5) gf in May beating Beauty Pageant (8-10) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Al Khimiya (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Croosed over to lead after 1f, made rest, ridden and pressed from 2f out, stayed on gamely under pressure to assert final 100 yards, won at Kempton 7f 3yo flls hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating That's My Style (9-7) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Caldermud (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Reared and rider lost right iron leaving stalls, led and soon clear, rider regained iron and wide hafway, reduced lead well over 2f out, headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened and not persevered with inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Hidden Fire (8-7) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Avongate 12-1 (9-6) Always behind, 10th of 13, 9l behind Perfect Blossom (8-7) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Private Olley 33-1 (8-6) Took keen hold early, prominent on rail, steadied to last pair over 4f out, last and struggling halfway, last of 6, 27l behind Rio Mist (9-6) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
One Hit Wonder 33-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden 2f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Kingsdine (9-4) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Silvee 200-1 (7-13) Held up mid-division, pushed along halfway, switched left over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Rio Mist (9-4) at Salisbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Starwatch 7-1 (8-6) Broke well, soon tracking leaders, challenging when not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 5, shd behind Rathbawn Girl (7-13) at Brighton 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.