Soft ground and a pair of blinkers saw Harrison George return to form at Nottingham but conditions will be a lot faster here and it remains to be seen if the headgear has the same effect a second time. Fanrouge has picked up a penalty for a narrow win at Warwick but can't be ignored while Elusive Flame and L'Ami Louis would enter the equation if rediscovering their best form but NOVERRE TO GO showed he was no back number when winning a competitive affair on similar going at York 12 days ago and can overcome a 2lb higher mark. Apollo D'Negro is preferred to Yarmouth second Piazza San Pietro of the others.
Harrison George (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft beating Dick Bos (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Elusive Flame 5-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden and no impression final 2f, 8th of 15, 10l behind Highland Colori (9-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Fanrouge (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Warwick 6f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Rivas Rhapsody (10-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
L'Ami Louis (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon lost place, 8th of 13, 8l behind Khubala (9-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Piazza San Pietro 16-1 (9-6) Held up, headway entering final 2f, soon ridden, stayed on to go 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Out Do (9-5) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Apollo D'negro (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division on rail, not clear run and shuffled back 2f out, in the clear and kept on inside final furlong, not recover, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind O'Gorman (9-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Noverre To Go (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, good headway near side over 1f out, ridden and strong run inside final furlong, led near finish, won at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Sir Pedro (9-6) by nk, 18 ran.