BUSATTO is one of only two Mark Johnston runners at the meeting and the impressive Beverley scorer can defy a penalty in a race in which there are question marks surrounding most of his rivals. Bold Duke and Shouranour both have an absence to overcome while Haydock fourth Arlecchino has a very poor strike rate, though has been dropped a further 2lb. Perfect Cracker was only beaten a nose on the Polytrack last time but has gone up 3lb for his troubles and Adam Kirby gets off him to ride stablemate Greylami.
Busatto (USA) 7-1 (8-12) Made most, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy beating Baraweez (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bold Duke 10-1 (8-13) Always behind, 18th of 20, 15l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Ogbourne Downs 9-2 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Tobacco Road (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Rosaceous 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt headway to track winner over 5f out until 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 17l behind Trixie Malone (8-5) at Doncaster 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Shouranour (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division and 7th halfway, pushed along 2f out and no impression final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Convocate (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Aug.
Perfect Cracker 9-4 (9-4) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, ns behind Havelovewilltravel (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Greylami (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Led over 1f, tracked leader until 7f out, prominent, went 2nd again over 2f out until well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 13, 17l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Arlecchino (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Took keen hold in touch, headway to lead 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, soon lost 2nd, no extra in 4th close home, 4th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Memory Cloth (8-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.