HAWK MOUNTAIN has a progressive profile and he can back-up his recent Doncaster success at the main expense of Bijou Dan and Hawridge King. John Quinn has his string in really good form at present and Graham Gibbons is also riding extremely well. The pair can continue their purple patch here as Hawk Mountain scored in impressive fashion last time on ground that was probably quicker than ideal. There should be more to come and the cut in the ground here will suit so he sets the standard for the others. Bijou Dan is another who arrives here in good form but he beat the John Quinn-trained Aleron last time. That will give the stable a form line for our selection and we are confident he can get the better of Bijou Dan. Hawridge King would have claims on the pick of his form and he is certainly better than his recent form would suggest. He may have needed his pipe-opener at Windsor last month and he has won over the course and distance so this longer trip should suit and he can go well at a price. Clive Cox is in good form at present so Murcar is another to consider, but Hawk Mountain is on an upward curve and he can win again.
Clear Reef 7-2 (9-0) Held up 4, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, not troubled 1st 2, 3rd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Hendersyde (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, hanging under pressure and soon weakened, 4th of 6, 8l behind Wind Flow (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 4yo hcp 0-95 (2) pol in Feb.
Hawridge King 14-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 5f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 10l behind Run For Ede's (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Puy d'Arnac (FR) 16-1 (9-7) Held up, headway 4f out, went 2nd well over 1f out until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4l behind Chookie Hamilton (7-9) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Jadalee (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Steadied start, took keen hold in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, not quite pace to challenge final 75 yards, kept on, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Art Man (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led well over 1f out, ran on final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Red Wine (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
They All Laughed 20-1 (8-13) Steadied in rear, ridden and effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 8l behind Sri Kuantan (8-8) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Zuwaar 9-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Colonel Flay (8-10) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm.
Ursis (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 8f out, headed over 3f out, no chance with winner and eased towards finish, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Hawridge Star (10-10) at Haydock 1m 6f Am hcp (5) hvy in Sep.
Murcar 9-4fav (9-3) Soon tracking leader, ridden and hung right over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Mista Rossa (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Dart 7-1 (8-13) Towards rear, reminders halfway, driven 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 14l behind Aureate (9-6) at Southwell 1m 6f hcap (4) fbs in Jan.
Bijou Dan 12-1 (9-12) In touch, headway when hampered over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Aleron (9-10) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Sir Sandicliffe (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along over 4f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Wild Rhubarb (9-11) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.