In a wide open maiden where there is some useful pedigree we very cautiously side with HIGHLAND KNIGHT ahead of Fork Lightning, Compton Park and Rocky Mood. Highland Knight is preferred because of a recent commendable second behind Man of Action when losing out by just three-quarters of a length. If showing that sort of form here it could be enough to snatch the win. Compton Park has not shown enough improvement in four starts to merit backing here. Fork Lightning ran an average debut and did not sparkle, although a furlong drop in trip could help here. Conceptual Art is an interesting prospect for the each way placings after finishing third in a maiden at the course back in April. A further third at Southwell has followed and there is scope for improvement. Rocky Mood has an interesting Sire in Rock of Gibraltar but after two poor runs so far does not offer much to go on and is best watched here. Our tentative selection is Highland Knight.
Aldo Lucky Owners colt out of Chaperone.
Compton Park 15-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Sailorman (9-2) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Conceptual Art 7-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden halfway, kept on to go 3rd approaching final furlong, soon edged right, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Wadi Wanderer (9-2) at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in May.
Final Try Baryshnikov gelding out of Scotland Bay.
Highland Knight (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Awkward leaving stalls, mid-division, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden to press winner 2f out, ran on, always held, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Man Of Action (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd in May.
Red Storm Rising Red Ransom colt out of Showery.
Rocky Mood (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, pushed along over 3f out, made headway final furlong, never nearer, 9th of 14, 7l behind Harvest Dancer (9-0) at Goodwood 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Texan Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 11, 31l behind Agony And Ecstasy (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Zakiy 20-1 (8-12) Went left start, in touch, effort on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, finished well, 4th of 13, 3l behind Faithful One (8-7) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Fork Lightning (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Naddwah (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Hopeshedoes (USA) 100-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 12, 8l behind Mutafajer (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Wasara 22-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Copper Penny (8-10) at Beverley 7f 3yo fll stks (5) gf in May.