NORSE STAR has been getting closer with each successive step up in trip. He found only Anipa too good over 1m4f at Wolverhampton last time and the form looks much better in hindsight with the latter going on to win the Cheshire Oaks this week. He faces nothing of that calibre in this with Running Wolf's victory over a mile at Carlisle looking the best form of the remainder. Trafalgar Rock ran well when favourite at Kempton in March but met with interference when starting 20/1 at Lingfield last time. Izbushka has been placed on the all-weather and Tactical Strike may do better now handicapping.
Norse Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader until 7f out, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, took 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Anipa (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Running Wolf (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Blue Atlantic (9-7) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Trafalgar Rock 20-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leader, carried very wide paddock bend over 9f out, headway to track leaders 7f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Morning Watch (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Tactical Strike 20-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, well behind Clever Cookie (9-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
Galaxy 33-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 5l behind Thurayaat (9-6) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Izbushka (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Bumped and hampered start, soon pushed along to track leaders, ridden and lost touch over 3f out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Tizlove Regardless (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.