Barthelemy is bound to attract plenty of market support despite a slightly disappointing rules debut last time but we prefer the chances of newcomer ROYALES CHARTER with Verde Goodwood also in contention. Related to an animal who only just missed out on a debut score in this type of race the pick turns out for a yard that didn't have a single bumper runner all of last year. That looks a bit of a clue in itself and any market attention would be interesting. Barthelemy fell on his first two starts in Irish points before getting turned over as favourite on his rules bow. It was still a solid enough run and the McCoy/Henderson combination is always respected. Verde Goodwood is another newcomer in the field and she does have two debut winners in her family tree. She should make up to a useful enough type and she is worth a second glance here. Definate Dawn is also well bred and has shown some of that when winning between the flags but with the trainer taking a rare foray into this sphere we prefer Royales Charter.
Barthelemy Evensfav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 7f out, challenged and edged left over 2f out, not quicken, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Big Time Billy (9-11) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Definite Dawn (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Mid div & ww, smooth prog 5out & chall when mstk 4out, jnd 3out & still disp gng well when lft clr last, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov beating Golden Moments (12-0) by 15l, 16 ran.
Al Sirat 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway into mid-division halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Open Day (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3yo NH flat (6) std in Dec.
Beck's Bolero (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 6f out, edged left and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 17l behind Big Time Billy (9-11) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Irish Love Pursuit Of Love gelding out of Miss Tun.
Royale's Charter Karinga Bay gelding out of Royale De Vassy.
Steel Bullet (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, some headway over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 37l behind Kid Cassidy (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (5) sft in Mar.
Taylors Secret 100-1 (10-7) Chase leaders, weakened well over 3f out, 9th of 16, 24l behind Wordy's Boy (10-13) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Verde Goodwood Lomitas filly out of Dissolve.