BIDABLE clearly appreciated the return to this trip when scoring quite comfortably at Chepstow and has been penalised with a 5lb rise to a career-high mark. She appears in good heart though and is taken to go in again under ideal conditions. Copperwood spends plenty of time here on the polytrack but some of his turf form provides him with the opportunity to be in the mix, although Rondeau looks a bigger danger. He's burdened with topweight but his latest run when third at Kempton is deserving of a place at the head of the weights. Aleqa, Ancient Greece and the unexposed Deerslayer are all of interest in a trappy contest.
Rondeau (GR) 8-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Perfect Point (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Deerslayer (USA) 6-1 (9-10) Led, hung right to stands' side from 2f out, went sharply right and badly hampered 2nd approaching final furlong, continued to hang right but stayed on and in command inside final furlong, won at Brighton 6f mdn stks (5) gf in May beating Chaussini (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
My Learned Friend (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden halfway, headway on outer over 1f out, soon one pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind Another Try (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Bidable 8-1 (9-3) Raced centre, soon outpaced in mid-division, came towards stands side and headway over 2f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Valmina (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
For Life (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra and soon eased, 7th of 10, 15l behind Wallis (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Kakapuka 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, in rear over 1f out, 10th of 11, 6l behind Highland Warrior (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Ancient Greece 11-1 (9-0) Always in rear, behind over 5f out, 7th of 8, 21l behind Effigy (8-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Aleqa 15-2 (9-4) Raced centre close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Watch Chain (8-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Slugger O'Toole 33-1 (9-1) Behind, some headway on outside over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 13, 6l behind Soap Wars (9-7) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Copperwood 20-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Mountrath (9-7) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Kipchak (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Chased leading pair, led 4f out, ridden head high and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind I Confess (8-10) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in May.