Whipper Snapper got his head in front in the dying strides over a mile here last week. This shorter trip is no problem but a 6lb penalty may well be. Athletic is facing a tougher task having won at Brighton last time and so is February's Lingfield winner The Happy Hammer. Bayleyf finally showed some improvement for plummeting down the weights when second on last week's reappearance while Gold Beau and Mac's Superstar have both been placed here before. But this looks slightly easier than GLANELY's recent tasks and he gets the nod off his current mark with Richard Hughes taking over the reins today.
Whipper Snapper (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, effort inside final furlong, driven and ran on to lead post, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr beating Rome (9-1) by shd, 9 ran.
Spin Artist (USA) 12-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 13l behind Eutropius (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Glanely (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Bowstar (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Mac's Superstar (FR) 10-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Messila Star (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr '13.
Gold Beau (FR) 7-1 (9-1) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, never on terms, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 21l behind Escape To Glory (9-7) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Athletic 4-1 (9-7) Dwelt towards rear, headway when not clear run from 2f out, got clear inside final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead post, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Apr beating Mrs Warren (9-5) by shd, 13 ran.
New Leyf (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Outpaced, last of 13, well behind Mutafaakir (8-11) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Bayleyf (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to track leaders, closed over 2f out, ridden and strong challenge inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 9, shd behind Until Midnight (8-10) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 6th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.