ROYAL STRAIGHT stands out on last week's second over C&D. He was only beaten a head by Spavento on that occasion and as this looks slightly easier, Linda Perratt's charge gets the nod. Beautiful Day had been holding his form well before a poor effort at Thirsk last time and has still to prove he can win away from Southwell while Eastward Ho has so far done his winning on the Polytrack. The remainder are badly out of form though Deep Applause is favourably weighted if rediscovering is best.
Beautiful Day 4-1fav (8-12) Raced wide, close up, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind The Osteopath (9-6) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Retreat Content (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 10, 18l behind Spavento (8-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Eastward Ho 20-1 (8-13) Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 8l behind Toymaker (9-4) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Royal Straight 18-1 (8-10) Dwelt, towards rear, headway on outer 2f out, led over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 10, shd behind Spavento (8-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Deep Applause 14-1 (8-11) In rear, some headway over 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 20l behind Light The City (8-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Henrys Gift (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed approaching 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 17l behind Funky Munky (8-12) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Indian Giver 50-1 (8-2) Held up, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Thackeray (9-1) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Tropenfeuer (FR) 40-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 26l behind Capable Guest (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr '11.
Spread Boy (IRE) 100-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden over 4f out, outpaced halfway, last of 6, 20l behind Minstrels Gallery (8-12) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.