A good run from Dower Glen in the previous race would boost confidence in SHARP SHOES, as he beat the latter when winning an apprentice race over C&D last week. Ann Duffield's charge escapes a penalty here and can go in again with Laura Barry keeping the winning partnership intact. Clear Ice and Sharp Bullet look real dangers having both gone close on their latest starts, while at the top of the handicap Ignatieff and Lesley's Choice have claims dropping down in class. Schoolboy Champ is back on a winning mark but Ingleby Star has a bit to find with the selection.
Ignatieff (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, weakened halfway, last of 11, 22l behind Mon Brav (8-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Lesley's Choice 33-1 (8-8) Prominent, every chance 2f out, soon lost place, 10th of 11, 19l behind Mon Brav (8-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Bahamian Ballet 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 5l behind Sharp Shoes (9-2) at Hamilton 5f app hcp (6) gd.
Mandarin Spirit (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Led and raced centre, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 7l behind Toby Tyler (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Wicked Wilma (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 10l behind Kyzer Chief (8-1) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Schoolboy Champ 11-2 (9-7) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden on outside well over 1f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Francis Albert (8-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Sharp Shoes 8-1 (9-2) Made virtually all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Hamilton 5f app hcp (6) gd beating Dower Glen (8-2) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
North Central (USA) 13-2 (8-13) Towards rear stands side, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 9l behind Toby Tyler (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Clear Ice (IRE) 13-2 (8-2) Chased leaders on outer, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Highland Warrior (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Sharp Bullet (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Hampered slightly start, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Rio's Girl (9-2) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.