NORTH STAR BOY is dropped in class having found life tough in handicaps. Richard Hannon's charge was beaten only a length over track and trip in November and will take the beating on today's terms if running up to a similar level. Al Aqabah is weighted to get involved though she's done all her winning over longer trips while a better effort from Homeboy is expected back in plating company. Microlight has little chance at the weights and is easily overlooked.
North Star Boy (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Seeking Magic (9-6) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Homeboy (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final fiurlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Poetic Lord (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Microlight 33-1 (8-12) Chase dleader, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, no extra in 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Victorian Number (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Al Aqabah (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Corporal Maddox (9-6) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.