The Shanahan team are 2-4 with raiders from Ireland this season so Wee Willy Wilfords is respected after showing up nicely on his 1m Navan debut behind Stepwise. However, he does face two useful maidens of which STATUTORY is just the preference. The Authorized gelding posted a useful performance on debut when beaten a length by Silk Sari after a good battle, the pair pulling 11l clear of the third. Trip and ground are fine. Bomber Thorn looked a surefire future winner when going down to the useful handicapper Continuum on debut at Haydock but was then turned over at odds-on back at that venue by Federal Blue. Again the front pair were clear of the rest but Mark Johnston had the winner that day and therefore has a good line to the form here with Statutory.
Yourholidayisover (IRE) 66-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, effort over 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 28l behind Retirement Plan (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (4) gf in Jun.
Aryizad (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) In touch, pushed along 5f out, lost place halfway, hung left and behind final 3f, 13th of 15, 19l behind Forging The Path (8-13) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Eila Wheeler 40-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, soon tracked leaders, led briefly over 4f out, soon raced wide, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 21l behind Strikemaster (10-6) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct '11.
Bomber Thorn 4-9fav (8-13) Held up in last pair, pushed along 5f out, headway to 3rd over 3f out, switched left 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner approaching final furlong, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Federal Blue (8-13) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Statutory (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) In touch in rear, headway to chase winner 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Silk Sari (8-9) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf.
Wee Willy Wilfords (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure from 2f out, 4th of 16, 9l behind Stepwise (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks in May.