It was soft going when SAIGON CITY went close at Windsor on his return. But all ground comes alike to Luca Cumani's charge as he scored twice on a fast surface last season and looks set for a return to winning ways in this. Putra Eton missed the whole of last year so there should be more to come from him as he steps up in distance but Perfect Cracker remains 7lb higher than when winning at Bath last May under today's apprentice. Wolverhampton winner All The Winds steps up in class but Raskova, Handheld and Barren Brook are all capable of getting involved at this level on the back of recent placed efforts.
Saigon City 4-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, not handle first bend after 2f and lost place, headway and hung left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Tobacco Road (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Eurystheus (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Mid-division, headway and in touch over 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 8th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Hydrant 33-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden and weakened quickly over 3f out, 6th of 7, 22l behind Sound Advice (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Mar.
Syncopate 16-1 (8-13) Soon chasing leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Memory Cloth (8-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Putra Eton (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden and stayed on final 2f, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Abseil (9-13) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Artful Prince 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 18, 18l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Raskova (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden and effort on outside from over 2f out, stayed on, not able to get on terms, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Red Warrior (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Handheld 3-1 (8-8) Led and set decent pace, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Top Diktat (9-7) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Perfect Cracker 9-4 (9-4) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, ns behind Havelovewilltravel (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Barren Brook 7-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, chased leader until 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on into 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Hakuna Matata (8-11) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Idol Deputy (FR) 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, lost place 2f out, behind final furlong, 10th of 11, 6l behind Xinbama (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
All The Winds (GER) 10-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr beating Sian Gwalia (9-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 13th of 18, 13l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Surround Sound 12-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 7th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Manchestar (9-5) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.