Corn Snow's win on the Fibresand at Southwell was easily his best effort and he may favour that surface while Mixed Message was below par back on Turf last time after also scoring at Southwell. Polytrack winner Red Eight is preferred dropping down a grade but both Curl and Chant look high enough in the weights at present. Handicap debutants, Bitusa and Bapak Besar, will need to step up on their recent efforts but ARGAKI finished closer on his comeback outing. The latter is also handicapping for the first time today and he gets the nod with Silvestre De Sousa taking over the reins.
Corn Snow (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Led, hung left 2f out, soon headed, chased leader until approaching final furlong, moving poorly and weakened quickly inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Spillway (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Red Eight (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Glory City (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Mixed Message (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 10l behind Ingleby Symphony (8-8) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Curl (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leading trio, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, kept on again inside final furlong, no threat, 5th of 14, 6l behind Ingleby Symphony (8-8) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Argaki (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4l behind Bishop's Castle (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Chant (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 3l behind Ofcoursewecan (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Bitusa (USA) 10-3 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, took keen hold, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, just held for 3rd near finish, 4th of 5, 7l behind Red Paladin (9-5) at Redcar 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in Apr.
Bapak Besar (CAN) 33-1 (9-3) Tracked winner until over 1f out, soon ridden and weakened, last of 8, 8l behind Foxtrot Jubilee (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.