ROME was placed yet again when only beaten a short-head over track and trip last month. Dropping down a grade for this, Gary Moore's charge can deservedly get his head in front. Lawmans Thunder moves in the opposite direction as he only won a Class 6 event over course and distance last time, though Mickael Barzalona's presence suggests further progress is expected. Officer In Command got nowhere near the winner at Lingfield recently, despite finishing second, while Alpine Mist ran poorly at Bath on Monday having made the frame before that. Steelriver looks best of the rest off his current mark.
Rome 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Whipper Snapper (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Steelriver (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 18, 18l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Dana's Present 5-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 19l behind The Great Gabrial (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Afkar (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Led, headed narrowly 5f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Toymaker 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 13l behind Uncle Dermot (9-0) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Lawmans Thunder 13-2 (9-7) Towards rear, good headway on inner approaching final 2f, hung left and led over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Bennelong (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Officer In Command (USA) 9-2 (9-13) Dwelt, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Gaelic Silver (9-11) at Lingfield 1m clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Barnmore 33-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Until Midnight (8-10) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 18-1 (9-5) Held up, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 33l behind Stockhill Diva (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
Alpine Mist 9-1 (8-9) Keen, tracked winner until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Harry Bosch (9-7) at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Celestial Ray 7-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 10l behind Mishrif (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.