CORSICA is looking very progressive and with his yard in form we think he can land a five-timer by taking this valuable handicap at the expense of Spanish Duke and Gomrath. A winner of a listed race last time the selection returns to these ranks off a career high mark. He was a very easy winner the last time he was in this company and with Mark Johnston in the midst of a purple patch he can go in again. Spanish Duke was a comfortable winner on his last start and while he should stay this far he is up in class with 5lbs extra to carry. Gomrath was a well held third of eight in a similar standard of contest on his last run but should go well again from 1lb better off. Zuider Zee has improved in a couple of handicap efforts and should kick on again after a victory last time but while on this form Corsica is hard to ignore.
Corsica (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Made all, set searching gallop, soon 4 lengths clear, ridden hung left and pressed 2f out, and again entering final furlong, driven and responded well, won at Hamilton 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) gd in May beating Admission (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, travelling well over 2f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May beating Paintball (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Harris Tweed 9-4fav (9-6) Held up in touch, headway over 4f out, chased winner over 2f out, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Green Lightning (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway on outer from 3f out, challenged winner over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Desert Recluse (8-11) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Mister Angry (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked winner, driven and lost place over 4f out, soon weakened and behind, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Alrasm (9-9) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Ingleby Spirit 14-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 4f out, driven and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 15, 12l behind Green Moon (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Gomrath (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in rear and keen, pushed along over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong to take 3rd, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Awsaal (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Zuider Zee (GER) 2-1fav (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chasing leaders when hung left over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chester 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Bowdler's Magic (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Bebopalula (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon driven to lead, strong gallop, 4 lengths clear halfway, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, eased, 4th of 5, 22l behind Dyna Waltz (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in May.
Bonfire Knight 9-1 (8-4) In touch, effort to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 15, 8l behind Green Moon (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Bowdler's Magic 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, effort approaching final furlong, soon hard ridden, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Zuider Zee (9-1) at Chester 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Wild Rose 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Contredanse (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Aquarian Spirit 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, headed 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Gold Rules (9-7) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Sing Sweetly 16-1 (8-12) Keen tracked leaders, switched right 4f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, driven to lead briefly inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Sour Mash (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Opera Gal (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Took keen hold early, tracked leader until halfway, rallied to chase winner inside final furlong, driven and stayed on but always held, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Life And Soul (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo stks 0-75 (5) pol in May.