POSE is taken to follow up from his recent win at the expense of Basle and Requisite. The selection ran six times as a two-year-old last season without success; however he wasted no time in getting into the winners enclosure on his first run at three at Salisbury last month. He won nicely that day and ought to come on for the outing and in doing so he can win again for his connections. Basle is lightly raced having run four times, winning half of them. His strike rate is second to none and with four pounds more to carry after winning at Ffos Las last month he is sure to give his supporters another good run for their money. Requisite has more experience than most and won well at Yarmouth on his penultimate outing. Connections tried to win again before the handicapper had a chance to reassess his mark and in doing so he finished third. He is now five pounds higher in the weights and as a result will find life tougher from now on. Pose is on the upgrade and gets the vote.
Pin Cushion 6-1 (9-2) Held up, effort on outside halfway ridden and hung right from 2f out, no impression leading trio, 4th of 6, 8l behind Rio Mist (9-6) at Goodwood 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Basle 11-4fav (9-2) Keen early, chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on under pressure to lead final strides, won at Ffos Las 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Fawley Green (9-1) by shd, 8 ran.
Pose (IRE) 5-4fav (8-12) Propped slightly start, prominent, led 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, just held on, won at Salisbury 6f fll mdn stks (5) gf in May beating Valencha (8-12) by shd, 13 ran.
Key Light (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Fly Silca Fly (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Todber 15-2 (8-6) Chased clear leading pair on rail, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 15, 10l behind Beat The Bell (9-3) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Requisite 5-1fav (8-9) Towards rear, not much room over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Gwilym (8-10) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Towards rear and well off the pace, switched left and hampered over 2f out, hampered again 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 5l behind Dever Dream (9-10) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Oriental Rose 25-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon weakened, last of 12, 17l behind Go Go Green (9-0) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Song of Praise 40-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 11, 2l behind Piccolo Express (8-9) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Sweet Applause (IRE) 28-1 (9-8) Raced alone on far side, on terms, ridden 2f out, behind and no chance with main group over 1f out, 14th of 15, 16l behind Doctor Hilary (9-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.