A Derby in name only but a Derby all the same and a good chance for MERCHANT OF MEDICI to land a deserved success after a trio of commendable efforts last month, including a couple of narrow defeats in better races. He handles all ground types and will receive capable assistance from Alice Mills in the saddle. Operateur, due to run at Hamilton on Wednesday, is an obvious danger if coming on here as seems likely with Megan Nicholls booked. The gelding has landed two Hamilton successes already this month for a yard that has suddenly found some form and is expected to be in the mix under his penalty. McBirney is respected off a dropping mark with topweight Tinseltown completing the shortlist on the back of a useful Beverley effort.
Tinseltown 10-1 (8-12) Led, hung left over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Carragold (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Mcbirney (USA) 14-1 (10-4) Dwelt headway on outer 6f out, in touch, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 9l behind Balmoral Castle (10-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Operateur (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Latin Rebel (9-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Royal Trooper (IRE) 11-1 (9-11) Slowly away, always behind, last of 11, 25l behind Tokyo Brown (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Merchant Of Medici 3-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied and every chance towards finish, just held post, 2nd of 7, ns behind Nolecce (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Flag Of Glory 16-1 (9-5) Led, headed 9f out, tracked winner, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 19l behind Aldwick Bay (9-12) at Haydock 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Edas 40-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden 3f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 8l behind Aldwick Bay (9-12) at Haydock 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Cabal 14-1 (8-10) Towards rear and pushed along, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Call Of Duty (8-4) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Tropical Bachelor (IRE) 80-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon chased leaders, kept on same pace from over 1f out, no impression when lost 3rd inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Saved By The Bell (9-13) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Politbureau 14-1 (8-7) Close up, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, every chance until unable to quicken near finish, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Kathlatino (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, riden to chase leaders 3f out, every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Anne's Valentino (8-8) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Patavium (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Anne's Valentino (8-8) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.