The return to five furlongs should suit MONSIEUR JOE and he is preferred to Amitola, Racy and Kanaf in a quality sprint handicap. Walter Swinburn's Choisir colt ran with credit behind Jack My Boy at Newmarket on his first try at six furlongs, especially as he seemed to stumble just as he was hitting top gear. The ground today should be ideal and he will be staying on well up the stiffish finish. Living It Large has been holding his form well in Yorkshire this year and another win shouldn't be far away for this lad who was prolific at two, Amitola was tried in Listed company at Newmarket last October and is not discounted on this return to action despite the slight worry over the trip, whilst Racy finished a place ahead of the selection last time but he has always looked a proper six furlong horse. Secret Millionaire wasn't disgraced behind Hamish McGonagall at York, Kanaf is unexposed and looks fairly handicapped on a mark of 81, whilst Tillys Tale needs to forget a rare poor run at York last month. An open sprint handicap then but we are happy to side with top-weight Monsieur Joe.
Monsieur Joe (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Jack My Boy (8-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Living It Large (FR) 11-2 (9-1) Led narrowly, headed just under 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Burning Thread (8-7) at Beverley 5f con stks (3) gf in May.
Amitola (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Close up, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Queen's Grace (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in Oct.
Racy 10-3 (8-8) Always prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Jack My Boy (8-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Secret Millionaire (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 4l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-1) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Kanaf (IRE) 7-2 (8-5) Dwelt, pulled hard, tracked leaders, ridden and became unbalanced over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Cockney Class (8-9) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Tillys Tale 18-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 11l behind Hoof It (8-11) at York 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.