ARASHI won a higher grade contest over course and distance last week and can shrug off a penalty with Tom Queally keeping the winning partnership intact. Graylyn Ruby scored under today's apprentice over 2m at Lingfield last month and should be thereabouts but Maison Brillet was still beaten six lengths when runner-up over 1m6f recently with Honourable Knight not far behind. Speed Steed has a recent outing over hurdles under his belt but is 7lb higher than last season's win at Bath.
Arashi 4-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, smooth headway on outside over 3f out, went 2nd on bit 2f out, rider delayed effort to lead until over 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May beating Jezza (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Yasir (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on and every chance final furlong, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Anne's Valentino (8-8) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Tracked winner, ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on and every chance until no extra final 110 yards, no chance with winner when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Dovils Date (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Dovils Date (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Speed Steed (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, prominent, led 10f out, headed 6f out, ridden over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, held inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Candelita (9-4) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.
The Absent Mare 25-1 (9-3) Steadied start towards rear, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 12l behind Arty Campbell (9-7) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 9-2 (8-6) Held up in last pair, smooth headway on inside into 4th over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden, led final 100 yards, just held on, all out, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May beating Bert The Alert (9-0) by hd, 9 ran.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Steadied start, held up last, outpaced 5f out, no chance after, 6th of 7, 13l behind Precision Strike (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Rhinestone Rebel (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 15l behind The Young Master (9-4) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Bullseye Babe 25-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 10l behind Kingaroo (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Led, joined 6f out, headed over 5f out, soon dropped to 4th, ridden and stayed on same pace final 2f, 4th of 6, 16l behind Bold Cross (9-11) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jul.
Willow Island (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders until ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Camelopardalis (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.