Eric Alston has his string in good form and can enjoy further success here with KING OF EDEN, who is taken to see off Sands Crooner and Cape Royal. The selection did well to just get his nose in front at Newcastle over a similar trip last time and he has been raised 6lbs for that. A lightly-raced gelding, you could argue that he is still unexposed despite defeats from higher marks when he was still learning about the game. Fast ground suits and we will side with him to progress enough to follow-up. Sands Crooner also relishes these conditions and was good enough to win from a higher mark than today's 11 months ago. He has run well on both his last two starts and should not be far away. Cape Royal has been a grand old servant to Milton Bradley and tends to pop up once or twice a year with a win. He races today from the same mark as his last two successes, and with the ground no problem he looks a danger. Ridley Didley is raised 6lbs for a course and distance win and has to be a threat, while Ripon winner Verinco looks hugely competitive with a 4lb rise and Top Bid, a 6f Hamilton winner on Sunday, tries to follow up under a penalty, and he can get involved again. A tough race to call and King Of Eden looks the one to be on.
Cape Royal 12-1 (9-0) Stumbled start, headway to join leaders and went left over 3f out, soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 10l behind Riflessione (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Sands Crooner (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) In touch stands side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure to chase winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Sir Geoffrey (9-1) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Raimond Ridge (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in rear, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 11l behind Sir Nod (9-2) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Namir (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Reared leaving stalls, behind, effort on wide outside over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 8l behind Beat The Bell (9-3) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Guto 16-1 (9-8) In rear far side group, pushed along over 3f out, kept on final 2f, 6th of 10, 6l behind Verinco (8-4) at Ripon 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr.
The Lord 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 11l behind Loose Caboose (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May '09.
Ridley Didley (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Made all, hung left from over 1f out, ridden out, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr beating Wreningham (8-9) by 1 1/4l, 17 ran.
Island Legend (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Went right start, led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 13, 3l behind Liberty Island (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Verinco 13-2 (8-4) With leaders stands side group, led stands side group entering entering final furlong, led overall inside final furlong, driven out, won at Ripon 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr beating Kyzer Chief (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Top Bid 13-2 (8-6) Held up in touch towards stand side, ridden and headway 2f out, ran on well to lead just inside final furlong, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Where's Reiley (8-13) by 4l, 10 ran.
Revue Princess (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Soon outpaced, 11th of 12, 10l behind Lesley's Choice (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Nov.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 5l behind Misaro (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Russian Rocket (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 16th of 17, 15l behind Ridley Didley (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Embra (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Awkward at start, slowly into stride, in touch after 1f, ridden halfway, stayed on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1l behind First Swallow (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-58 (6) fbs in Nov.
Mr Funshine 9-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, hung right over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Wreningham (8-7) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.
King Of Eden (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Raced stands side, chased leader, led that group, over 1f out, came clear that side inside final furlong, led overall on post, won at Newcastle 5f hcp (6) gf in Apr beating Miss Daawe (8-8) by ns, 15 ran.
Thoughtsofstardom 5-1 (7-13) Tracked leader after 1f, led narrowly halfway, ridden and headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Sherjawy (8-13) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.