Strongpoint, successful twice at Musselburgh this season, ran a cracker in a valuable conditionals' race at Aintree on Grand National day under Steven Crawford. He races off the same mark here and is a leading contender but likes to force the pace and there are a few front-runners in this small field. Pas Trop Tard led until the second-last at Musselburgh last time and Just Cameron was only headed after the last when second at Ayr earlier this month. MINELLA RECEPTION has switched stables since his third at Newbury in February but is getting plenty of weight from his likely market rivals and may come out on top today representing a yard with an impressive strike rate at this track.
Strongpoint (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, went 4th run-in, 5th of 22, 6l behind Court Minstrel (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Led, headed and hit 3 out, kept on from last, no impression, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Figaro (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Just Cameron 6-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace flat, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind It's A Mans World (10-5) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Minella Reception (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Led, joined 3 out, headed next, driven and no impression between last 2, no extra in 3rd before mistake last, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Whispering Harry (10-13) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb.
Secret Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Led, headed before 6th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Candleford (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Cool Baranca (GER) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, well behind Hunters Belt (11-4) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft.