STEEL CITY BOY was winning for only the second time on turf when scoring at Warwick last month. He's 8lb higher today, but was an easy winner and it's difficult to find any comparable form amongst this modest bunch. He beat Defector at Warwick and the latter has since finished behind recent Chester third Methaaly, while Kings 'n Dreams won off today's mark over C&D last July but needs some cut in the ground. Bathwick Xaara's Leicester win came on testing ground and Sleepy Blue Ocean's only win on turf was a maiden victory at Haydock back in 2009.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 13-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, soon hard driven to challenge, never on terms, 5th of 12, 8l behind Where's Reiley (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Kings 'n Dreams 9-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden over 2f out, headway under strong pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Dark Lane (9-7) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Bathwick Xaara 28-1 (8-11) Intouch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 16l behind Norville (9-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Rainy Night 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Cootehill Lass (8-11) at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) gf in May.
Methaaly (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Steelcut (9-3) at Chester 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Defector (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) With leader, every chance over 2f out, soon edged left, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Steelcut (9-3) at Chester 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Hoh Hoh Hoh 20-1 (9-4) Raced wide towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 13l behind Kyllachy Storm (8-5) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in May.
Valmina 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Batgirl (9-5) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Gertmegalush (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Always behind, 7th of 11, 7l behind Needy McCredie (9-2) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, hung right and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Clear Ice (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
Flying Applause 8-1 (8-8) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened last 100 yards, soon eased, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Burns Night (9-7) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) In touch in mid-division, not clear run from over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, kept on, went 3rd post, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Gothic Chick (8-2) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-55 (6) gf in May.