In an ordinary maiden, it may be worth chancing a small investment with SECOND Encore, who edges preference ahead of Sky Falcon and Crown Ridge. The last named ran promisingly on debut before putting in a solid, if unspectacular effort at Ayr 10 days ago. His trainer, Mick Channon, likes to get plenty of experience into his younger horses and this fellow easily looks capable of paying his way before too long. He does have the profile of one to bear in mind for a nursery later in the season. Sky Falcon is an interesting newcomer that represents a powerful yard. Mark Johnston introduces the son of Smarty Jones at a realistic level and support from the betting ring would be a good indication the paddock watchers are impressed with his demeanour. Tilliemint is another worth a mention, as she has experience of the trip but more crucially has the added value of a fillies allowance. The fitting of first-time blinkers does temper the confidence somewhat, though. Support for Sonshoni Wind or Dreamweaving would also suggest improved efforts may be in the offering. However, Second Encore was really motoring near the finish on debut at Newbury 10 days ago and, improvement anticipated; the daughter of Royal Applause can provide a good value option in a wide open maiden.
Crown Ridge (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, soon faded, 4th of 8, 7l behind Dubawi Gold (9-3) at Ayr 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Disco Des Desert Style colt out of Jubilee Treat.
Shoshoni Wind 15-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to improve over 1f out, edged right, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Marine Commando (9-3) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.
Sky Falcon (USA) Smarty Jones colt out of Silent Eskimo.
Second Encore 66-1 (7-13) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 8th of 16, 9l behind Margot Did (8-6) at Newbury 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf in May.
Dreamweaving (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 13th of 16, 19l behind Elzaam (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gf in May.
Tilliemint (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) In touch, pushed along halfway, struggling over 2f out, no impression after, 5th of 11, 10l behind Premier Clarets (8-13) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.