ITALIAN RIVIERA rattled up a hat-trick on the all-weather in November and will have come on for his reappearance over track and trip. Sir Mark Prescott's charge is preferred to Fulgora, who was narrowly beaten over today's trip at Kempton last time. Bramshill Lass finished ahead of Kayef and Maison Brillet over 1m6f here last month and has run well again since at Chepstow but Joe The Coat's recent close-up sixth in a blanket finish at Nottingham looks stronger form.
Epsom Salts 66-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed entering final 3f, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 33l behind Ardlui (10-0) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Nov.
Italian Riviera 2-1 (9-3) Restless in stalls, slowly into stride, held up last, good headway on outside to 2nd over 4f out, led 3f out, headed approaching final 2f, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Presto Volante (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Fulgora 10-1 (9-10) Led and set steady pace 6f, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, stayed on until headed near finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Almost Gemini (9-6) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Kayef (GER) 3-1fav (9-2) Tracked leader, led 10f out, clear 7f out until 4f out, ridden and headed 1f out, one pace and held when lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Honourable Knight (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Story Writer 12-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and headway when edged left 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Gabrial's King (8-13) at Newbury 1m 4f app hcp (5) gf in May.
Joe The Coat 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, staying on when not clear run and bumped near finish, 6th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Albonny (9-2) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden on inside disputing 2nd 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Honourable Knight (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Bramshill Lass 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led halfway, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Kashgar (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.