With the rain around a normally advantageous high draw may become a disadvantage and so we will chance the low-drawn CARMENERO ahead of Secret City and Fuzzy Cat. Conor Dore's charge has not won as many races as he should have however after some average runs this year he looks handicapped to strike. He has won on ground with some cut in before and the booking of Eddie Ahern catches the eye. Secret City is 5lb higher than when winning here last month but his consistency means he cannot be ignored, along with Fuzzy Cat for whom any further rain shouldn't be a concern. Compton Spirit is generally consistent and the mare is considered despite being best over five furlongs, Steel City Boy shaped with more promise here last time out, whilst ground conditions should favour Bermondsey Bob off a winnable mark. Minturno's third to Soto at Catterick was a bounce back to form, whilst Charles Darwin is a course and distance winner and is another who comes into the race in good form. Memphis Man needs a market check as he is handicapped to run up a sequence and he handles soft ground well. An open sprint then, where the tentative vote is given to Carmenero.
Charles Darwin (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Went right start, chased leaders on inside, challenged over 1f out, driven to narrow lead final 100 yards, held on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Amosite (8-11) by hd, 12 ran.
Memphis Man 18-1 (8-5) Mid-division on outside, ridden over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, never on terms with leaders, 7th of 15, 6l behind Anne Of Kiev (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Kipchak (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Led and keen, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 6l behind Summer Dancer (9-3) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Minturno (USA) 9-2 (9-11) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Soto (9-5) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Carmenero (GER) 12-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, in touch, pushed along 2f out, effort on inside ridden, and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 7l behind Buxton (9-4) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Secret City (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, not clear run well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Divertimenti (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Fuzzy Cat 5-2fav (9-1) In touch on stands' side rail, ridden to challenge and every chance well over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Exceedingly Good (8-3) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Piste 10-1 (9-0) Led 2f, tracked leader after, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Poppy's Rose (8-7) at Thirsk 5f fll hcp (5) gf in May.
Strike Shot 10-1 (8-12) Chased leader until over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 8, 12l behind Basle (9-2) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Comptonspirit 6-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Silvanus (9-6) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Half reared start, held up in rear, ridden and effort to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 7, 6l behind Bahamian Lad (9-3) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Greek Secret 25-1 (9-0) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 14, 3l behind Micky Mac (9-2) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Apr.
French Wind 33-1 (8-9) Chased leader until well over 3f out, dropped to last and struggling from halfway, last of 4, 5l behind Noble Greek (8-9) at Lingfield 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Feb.
Fortezza 9-2 (8-9) Mid-division, reminders over 5f out, headway 3f out, driven 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind The City Kid (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bentley 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Arjemis (9-6) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Bermondsey Bob (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders on outside, strong challenge and every chance 1f out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 15, 1l behind Plumage (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Avonlini 33-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden 2f out and slightly outpaced, railled inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 9, nk behind Royal Cheer (8-10) at Catterick 6f fll mdn auc stks (6) gd in May.