Course and distance winner Muffin McLeay is now down to a workable mark for David Barron to exploit but a leap of faith is required to support the top weight after three disappointing runs this term. Ardmay was also rather below par last time after looking to have found some form but cannot be ruled out whilst the ex-John Oxx maiden, Shouranour, almost certainly will have more to offer for David O'Meara. Maybeme is not only in the best current form of the quintet but receives weight all round and has trip and ground to suit so must go well but DOLPHIN ROCK showed much more last time and shades the vote. He was much more like his old self when under four lengths behind Las Verglas Star in a well-contested Chester handicap and will be a leading player if in the same form off an unchanged mark.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Steadied start, behind, under pressure over 5f out, never a factor, last of 8, 32l behind Linguine (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Ardmay (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, driven over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 12l behind Eeny Mac (9-0) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Shouranour (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) In touch in 4th, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind King Of The Danes (9-7) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Dolphin Rock 11-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on closing stages, 4th of 11, 4l behind Las Verglas Star (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Maybeme 8-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear and in touch, ridden over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 3l behind St Moritz (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.