It was only a seller that Roodee Queen won at Wolverhampton last month and she's overlooked here, but the remainder all have a chance of sorts. Indieslad, Cruise Tothelimit and Clara Zetkin are maiden winners who should be winning again in due course, while both Jibaal and My Single Malt landed nurseries last season and made promising comebacks. The progressive Take Your Partner has rattled up a four-timer on the all-weather this year and should figure back on turf, but the vote goes to INDIAN BALLAD. He won a hat trick of handicaps last year and though disappointing so far this season today's drop in class can bring a return to form.
Indian Ballad (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 14l behind Seal Rock (8-6) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Take Your Partner 1-5fav (9-7) Chased leader, ridden and raced wide over 1f out, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr beating Thirteen Shivers (8-5) by hd, 3 ran.
My Single Malt (IRE) 4-1fav (8-6) Keen held up, headway 2f out, soon switched right, driven to challenge entering final furlong, no impression near finish, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Strictly Pink (8-4) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Indieslad 17-2 (8-6) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 16, 7l behind On The High Tops (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Rosina Grey (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep.
Clara Zetkin 11-8fav (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led and edged left over 1f out, held on well, won at Redcar 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) fm in Apr beating Auto Mac (9-3) by 1l, 8 ran.
Jibaal (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and hard pressed from 2f out, carried head high inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Close To The Edge (8-8) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Roodee Queen 33-1 (9-4) Chased leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.