Although he didn't quite live up to the promise of his debut effort at Pontefract last time, back on this easier track KIELDER can break his duck at the main expense of Times Ahead and Sammuramat. Trip and ground will again suit the David Barron-trained pick and if he can repeat either of those runs or improve then it should probably prove to be good enough. Times Ahead improved from first run to second and if able to continue that progress, which is entirely possible given that the Pontefract run was the first this year, then we should see him go close. Sammuramat is gradually being given a squeak by the handicapper and has been entered up in more than this race of late. This is his second start of the campaign and he should come on for his return run. If there is market support then given his connections we should take it seriously. North Central is in decent form and has conditions and trip to suit, so he looks another who should be involved at the business end but we will stick with Kielder.
Nicholas Pocock (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 14, 6l behind Infiraad (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn stks (4) gf in Apr '09.
Crianza 200-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, struggling from over 3f out, 7th of 11, 34l behind Rock N Roll Ransom (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs.
Leolene Starlight 50-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and edged left 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Strike A Deal (8-8) at Redcar 1m mdn auc stks (6) gd.
Clare Harrier (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon chasing leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened, 6th of 8, 18l behind Bonheurs Art (8-12) at Ripon 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Kielder (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Raced wide, chased leaders, wide straight, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Robinson Cruso (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
North Central (USA) 2-1fav (9-5) With leader, ridden to lead 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Arjemis (9-6) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Spread Boy (IRE) Tagula gelding out of Marinka.
Times Ahead (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Chased winner, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Robinson Cruso (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Verluga (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 17l behind Rule Breaker (8-13) at Beverley 7f mdn stks (5) gd.
Lady Anthracite 20-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 9, 13l behind Tesslam (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Sammuramat (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 10, 6l behind Imperial Delight (9-1) at Brighton 6f mdn stks (5) gf in May.