Desert Hunter is slowly recapturing his form and finished ahead of Musselburgh winner Ra Junior and Aussie Blue at Carlisle two weeks ago, though races from out of the handicap proper here. Royal Reverie got found out in much better company at Newbury last time but can't be ignored in this grade, while Classic Descent won at Ripon 11 days ago. But this may rest between hat-trick seekers Regimental and UNKNOWN REBEL, with the latter getting the nod. Both are progressive but Kevin Ryan's charge just has the better form and his previous experience over C&D just swings things his way.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 18, 16l behind Barren Brook (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Ra Junior (USA) 7-2fav (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden on outer over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 4l behind Fazza (9-5) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Royal Reverie 7-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 14l behind El Wasmi (9-7) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Regimental (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, not much room and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Coax (9-5) by hd, 8 ran.
Classic Descent 13-2 (8-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on to lead post, won at Ripon 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Jupiter Fidius (8-9) by hd, 13 ran.
Unknown Rebel (IRE) 9-4fav (8-6) Made all, ridden over 3f out, all out, held on gamely, won at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Nicola's Dream (8-9) by shd, 9 ran.
Aussie Blue (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 14l behind Fazza (9-5) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Hab Reeh 40-1 (9-5) With leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 36l behind Dunhoy (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Fazza (9-5) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.