Mark Johnston's LONGBOAT KEY should be better than his early gambit's have shown and is given the pick marginally ahead of Dazzling Light and bumper winner Saga de Tercey. The selection is related to several decent sorts around this trip including a Juddmonte International winner. His yard have been in good form for some time now and it could be the step up in trip and fast ground will bring about his best. Dazzling Light has shown a little bit more that the selection in limited starts so far but is not as well bred. He'll handle the fast ground just fine but it could be that this trip is a slight stretch of stamina. That's definitely not the case for Saga de Tercey who won his bumper over two miles. That came on quick ground and he has every chance of building on his debut effort. There are plenty of unknowns in the field so check the market for clues but if breeding finally comes to the fore Longboat Key should be the winner.
Cry Alot Boy 8-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, held up behind, kept on final 2f, never nearer, 8th of 15, well behind Saveiro (10-12) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Saga de Tercey (FR) 4-7fav (10-4) Took keen hold in touch, led over 3f out, ran green and clear final 2f, hung left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gf in Mar beating Mayor Of Kilcock (10-9) by 12l, 10 ran.
Bumble Rose (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, 10th of 11, well behind Oscar Trial (10-3) at Newcastle 2m 4f 4yo cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Freedom Flying 125-1 (9-6) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 11th of 16, 22l behind Bold Choice (8-9) at Nottingham 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr '08.
Que Calor La Vida (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Basford Lass (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Carnival Fair 100-1 (9-10) Always behind, 9th of 12, 10l behind Full Of Love (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 3yo fll stks (5) gf.
Dazzling Light (UAE) 9-2 (9-9) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Union Island (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf.
Diktaram 50-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden halfway, no impression final 2f, 5th of 13, 16l behind Key Decision (10-0) at Southwell 1m 3f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Longboat Key 4-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 4f out, driven and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 13, 22l behind Key Decision (10-0) at Southwell 1m 3f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Myshkin 40-1 (8-1) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Bromhead (8-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.