Eastern Gift has looked in the handicapper's grip since landing a double on the Polytrack in March, while Antoniola and Song Of Parkes have the past form but remain out-of-sorts. Madame Excelerate and Petsas Pleasure will attract support after finishing second on their latest starts, but this can go to DIALOGUE. He hasn't scored for some time, but only had the two outings last year, and his recent fourth at this track on his reappearance suggested it won't be long before he's winning again for a yard in fine form.
Eastern Gift 5-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, effort on outside 3f out, pushed along over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Miss Bounty (8-4) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dialogue 10-1 (9-2) Slowly away, in rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind No Quarter (8-7) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Antoniola (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 14, 12l behind Easy Terms (8-13) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Song Of Parkes 11-2 (9-6) Mid-division and pushed along, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 9, 7l behind Dispol Kylie (8-12) at Redcar 5f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gf in Apr.
Madame Excelerate 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leading pair when hung left over 2f out, chased winner 1f out, kept on, one pace, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Ykikamoocow (9-4) at Ayr 1m fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Prime Circle 20-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, last of 12, 22l behind Mason Hindmarsh (9-0) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Tropical Duke (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) In rear, headway on inside over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 16, 6l behind Miss Blink (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Barton Bounty 8-1 (9-1) Held up, not trouble leaders, 8th of 10, 7l behind Fazza (9-1) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Bajan Pride 28-1 (9-12) Led, strongly pressed over 1f out, headed and outpaced inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places close home, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Strike Force (10-7) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Lady Excel (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Dwelt, held up mid-division, effort and not much room 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 5th of 12, 12l behind Global (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m app hcp (6) gd.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 18l behind Hong Kong Island (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Mr Emirati (USA) 50-1 (9-4) Behind, some late moderate headway, 8th of 13, 12l behind Dhhamaan (9-2) at Thirsk 7f hcp (6) gd.
Petsas Pleasure 7-2 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, no impression near finish, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Miss Blink (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (6) gf.