ORATORIO'S JOY is coming down the weights and this looks his best chance for some time. He gets the nod ahead of Automotive, who won an amateur riders' race at Newbury two weeks ago. Ryan Moore takes over the reins on the latter and he looks the danger as Poor Duke only won a seller at Wolverhampton in April and was well beaten back in a handicap at Carlisle 10 days ago. Ian Williams' stable is going well but Nubar Boy has his stamina to prove will need to settle better than he did at Lingfield last time. Saint Thomas has won off a higher mark but has disappointed recently on the Flat.
Poor Duke (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Raced wide mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 17l behind Senor George (8-13) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Oratorio's Joy (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Slowly ino stride, took keen hold, headway chasing leaders 6f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, stayed on into never dangerous 3rd near finish, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Tenbridge (8-7) at Chepstow 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd.
Nubar Boy 8-1 (8-11) Soon led and keen, headed over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Run It Twice (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Kazak 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, ridden and well beaten when edged left over 2f out, 11th of 12, 25l behind Amulet (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Saint Thomas (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 17l behind Maybeme (8-10) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Automotive 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven and kept on final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf beating Hector's Chance (11-5) by 1l, 7 ran.