A tricky riddle to solve with WHISPER LOUISE given the tentative vote ahead of Blaze Of Thunder, though Paragons Folly and The Oboist are debutants who could go well. It is hard to be confident about any of these, but Whisper Louise has probably shown the best form on the racecourse in three maidens to date and acts on good ground, so we will go with her. On the negative side, she does look vulnerable from a high draw, and although her trainer Pam Sly has her string in good form and has a good strike rate at this track, she has not had a juvenile winner since Speciosa way back in 2005. Blaze Of Thunder is only just opposed here. He is drawn down the centre, so could race with either party in a likely split from the stalls, and he should act on good ground. Both his defeats read well in the context of this and a win would be no shock. Paragons Folly is nicely bred but has a high draw plus some moderate recent stable form to contend with, while Mark Johnston's string are also quiet at the time of writing and although The Oboist has the profile of a newcomer who could go very well, the filly will probably be better for the run. Having said that, if the ground turns up soft then she would have to be strongly considered on pedigree as her sire Clodovil relished cut. Blaze Of Thunder has the profile of one who will do better at three and is also drawn on the far side, but money for him would probably be significant. Hortensis needs to improve, and we will give one more chance to Whisper Louise.
Amazing Amoray (IRE) Tagula colt out of Amistad.
Aprication (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders stands side, ridden and hung left over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 15l behind Move In Time (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in May.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Eucharist (8-8) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Blaze Of Thunder (IRE) Ad Valorem colt out of Palatine Dancer.
Defence Council (IRE) 10-11fav (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, driven headed and no extra post, 2nd of 7, ns behind Honeymead (8-12) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Good Faith 66-1 (8-9) Mid-division on outside, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 17l behind Bathwick Bear (9-0) at Thirsk 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Apr.
Novalist 33-1 (8-10) Horse bucked 50 yards after start and unseated rider, in a race won by Clipthorne (8-9) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf, 12 ran.
Paragons Folly (IRE) Majestic Missile colt out of Ivory Bride.
Silent Blessing 7-2fav (9-3) Hung left throughout, soon behind and early reminders, never a factor, 7th of 11, 16l behind Waking Warrior (9-3) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
Hollyhocks (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden inside final 2f, one pace and no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Excel Bolt (9-3) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Hortensis 28-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 12, 8l behind Waltz Darling (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Mimi's Princess Sleeping Indian filly out of Security Interest.
Pride Of Tagula Tagula filly out of Pride Of Kinloch.
Shy Bird 14-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, driven and weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Honeymead (8-12) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.
The Oboist (IRE) Clodovil filly out of Desert Bride.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Slowly away, in rear, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 13, 14l behind Tipsy Girl (9-0) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) fm in May.
Whisper Louise (IRE) 3-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, went right start, mid-division and keen, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Sonning Rose (8-6) at Pontefract 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf.