Chookie Royale, Kingscroft and Clockmaker all step up in class after registering improved efforts on their latest starts and Fieldgunner Kirkup has decent claims if the rains arrive. At the other end of the handicap, Set The Trend, Marcret and Beacon Lodge were all well beaten in the same Listed race at York last month but the former is preferred in this back over a shorter trip and 5lb lower than when third at Thirsk in April. GANDALAK has been tried over a couple of different trips since scoring over course and distance in May. David O'Meara's charge won by nearly five lengths on that occasion and with an apprentice's allowance helping his cause today, he can return to winning ways.
Set The Trend 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 13l behind Navajo Chief (9-1) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May.
Marcret (ITY) 20-1 (9-4) Led, headed 3f out, weakened and eased 2f out, 14th of 15, 36l behind Navajo Chief (9-1) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd in May.
Beacon Lodge (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Towards rear, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Ardmay (8-6) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Es Que Love (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 9l behind Diescentric (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Tariq Too 10-1 (9-9) Slowly away and well outpaced in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Piscean (9-0) at Goodwood 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Gandalak (FR) 13-2 (9-2) Good speed from wide draw to chase leaders, hung left from over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, last of 16, 11l behind Arctic Feeling (8-2) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Xilerator (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 28l behind Amazing Amoray (8-12) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 7l behind Norse Blues (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Clockmaker (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) With leader, led after 1f, headed over 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 6, 4l behind Powerful Presence (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Kingscroft (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, soon switched left and stayed on, not pace to threaten, 5th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Al Muheer (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Chookie Royale 5-1 (9-5) Keen in rear, headway over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Powerful Presence (9-6) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.