HONEST DEAL couldn't cope with Beaten Up when second over 1m2f at Ripon last time but he finished well clear of the rest and today's shorter trip can see him get off the mark. Sam Nombulist ended last season with his best effort so far when runner-up at Ayr and he should be winning this year, while Honest Buck may have done too much in front on his return to action at Newcastle as he faded quickly in the final furlong. The remainder have shown little so far so newcomer Rio Park won't have to be anything special to get in the mix.
Honest Buck 20-1 (9-13) Led until over 2f out, soon rallied, weakened approaching final furlong, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Tropical Beat (8-12) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Machir Bay 9-1 (8-0) Prominent, under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 11l behind Barton Bounty (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Walleyd (IRE) 200-1 (8-10) Started very slowly, always in rear, 9th of 11, 21l behind Opus Maximus (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gs in Oct.
American Lover (FR) 100-1 (9-3) Started very slowly, held up in rear, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 13l behind Ektibaas (8-12) at Beverley 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Wing N Prayer (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 17l behind Amitola (8-12) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Oct '09.
Honest Deal 9-2 (9-3) Raced wide early, headway to lead 8f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no chance with winner over 1f out, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Beaten Up (9-3) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Ninth Parallel (USA) 22-1 (9-0) Half reared and went left start, mid-division on outside, outpaced when not much room 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 29l behind Dogs May Bark (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn stks (4) gs in Oct.
Rio Park (IRE) Oratorio gelding out of Janette Parkes.
Sam Nombulist 16-1 (9-0) Dwelt, soon tracked leaders, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Eternal Ruler (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.