Ryan Tate's allowance negates a 5lb rise in the weights for Hassle after the latter scored over track and trip on his latest start. At the other end of the handicap, Lineman could also figure again on the back of a close-up third in the second division of Hassle's race. But BURNHAM may prove too good for both as he went very close on his previous attempt at today's distance and ran well for second at Windsor on his reappearance. Both Zipp and Brigadoon can also be given a chance though the latter is preferred if the rain stays away.
Hassle (IRE) 5-4fav (9-10) Took keen hold in mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr beating Entihaa (9-5) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden and lost place over 4f out, weakening when hampered over 3f out, last of 11, 40l behind Blue Wave (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Brigadoon 11-8fav (9-7) Held up in touch, pushed along 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Arizona John (8-13) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Local Hero (GER) 11-2 (9-2) Behind, under pressure 5f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Communicator (8-13) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug '12.
Zipp (IRE) (8-4) 8th of 13, 31l behind Nichols Canyon (8-10) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 7f stks hvy in Nov.
Burnham 11-2 (9-0) Held up off the pace towards rear, headway over 3f out, chasing leaders over 1f out, every chance when edged right inside final furlong and soon slightly hampered, one pace and held in 2nd after, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Christopher Wren (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 25-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and soon outpaced 2f out, last of 7, 7l behind Theology (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Teak (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Perfect Heart (9-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Lineman 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division, switched left and headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, carried left inside final furlong, no extra when short of room close home, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Wannabe Your Man (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.