May's Boy isn't badly treated on his all-weather form and would be interesting if translating recent improvement to the turf. Shostakovich is only a pound higher than when winning at Ffos Las 11 days ago and Red Marling is beginning to knock on the door. City Legend bounced back to form when second at Warwick but there is almost certainly more to come from LIGHTNING CLOUD. Kevin Ryan's grey left last year's form well behind when skating up in a Southwell maiden last month and could easily make a mockery of his current mark.
My Son Max 7-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, headway 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 1 1/4l behind Freckenham (9-2) at Warwick 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 8-11fav (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon shaken up, ran green and jinked right entering final furlong, reminders and kept up to his work last 50 yards, readily, won at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Apr beating X Rated (8-13) by 5l, 5 ran.
Aquilifer (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Always in rear, ridden over 2f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Sir Reginald (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
National Hope (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Held up in touch on inside, pushed along 3f out, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Flynn's Boy (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
May's Boy 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd on inside approaching final furlong, stayed on inside final furlong until lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Rossetti (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
City Legend 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Freckenham (9-2) at Warwick 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Shostakovich (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, all out (new course record), won at Ffos Las 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Ceffyl Gwell (9-7) by hd, 4 ran.
Red Marling (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Crossed over from wide draw to lead over 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed pressing winner and every chance until not quicken close home, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Elusivity (9-0) at Kempton 7f Stakes (0-70) (3yo) (5) pol in Apr.
Arctic Mirage 25-1 (9-0) Towards rear on inside, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Elusivity (9-0) at Kempton 7f Stakes (0-70) (3yo) (5) pol in Apr.