BE ROYALE is holding her form well, an unusual feat at this level. She scored at Wolverhampton last week and can follow up despite a penalty. Olivers Mount failed to cope with a 4lb rise last time having won over a longer trip than this at Wolverhampton before that and Appyjack makes more appeal on the back of a couple of placed efforts on the Polytrack. Boris The Bold finished third here back in January but has his first start since. Pastoral Dancer and Meetha Achar are worth noting on their handicap debuts however.
Be Royale 4-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Sakash (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Action Front (USA) 11-2 (9-4) Raced wide held up, very wide into straight 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 9l behind On The Cusp (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Meglio Ancora 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leader on inside, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 18l behind Shirazz (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Olivers Mount 9-4fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, kept on and no extra when lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Ana Shababiya (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Katmai River (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never in contention, 7th of 13, 11l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Appyjack 7-2fav (9-1) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and effort 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, not pace of winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Shirazz (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Boris The Bold 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, effort over 1f out, soon outpaced, kept on entering final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Litmus (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Pastoral Dancer 50-1 (9-6) Slowly away, outpaced in rear, some headway on inside over 1f out, one pace and edged left inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind My Gigi (9-0) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Kept 17-2 (9-0) In touch in mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 9th of 17, 13l behind The Blue Banana (9-0) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gd in Sep.
Meetha Achar 50-1 (8-5) Held up mid-division, one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 16l behind Secret Talent (9-1) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr.
Silver Marizah (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up in last trio, headway 4f out, chased leaders in centre over 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, weakened soon after, 6th of 8, 18l behind McConnell (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f (6) gs in Sep.
Ellies Image 40-1 (8-9) Outpaced, always behind, last of 10, 16l behind See The Storm (9-12) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Sun And Stars 66-1 (9-9) Outpaced and always in last trio, tailed off, 6th of 8, 28l behind Bartack (9-3) at Brighton 1m mdn stks (5) fm in Jun.
World Freight Girl 25-1 (9-0) Ridden leaving stalls, soon tracking leaders, outpaced over 2f out, no impression after, 7th of 13, 7l behind Dustland Fairytale (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Oct.