A hard-to-unravel early-season handicap in which all have some sort of chance. Love Tangle drops back in trip after a solid effort at Windsor and the Azamour gelding is expected to go well. Richard Hannon runs a couple of which The Alamo is the most streetwise. But CAPE WRATH looks to harbour the greatest scope for progress on the back of two highly promising juvenile efforts. Crucially, he handled soft ground with aplomb on both starts and can hit the mark first time up this season. Black Schnapps looked much improved at Doncaster last time on the soft and wouldn't be out of things on that evidence, despite a 7lb hike, while Template seems sure to improve this term and is of interest off bottomweight.
Raven Ridge (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) In touch, effort over 1 f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Cloudscape (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Black Schnapps (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden 1f out, ran on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr beating Latin Charm (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Cape Wrath 15-8 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, pushed along and effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 10l behind Sudden Wonder (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (2) sft in Oct.
Resolute 33-1 (7-12) Always behind, 11th of 12, 19l behind Bilimbi (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in Apr.
The Alamo (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon hung left, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, all out, won at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct beating Midnight Rambler (8-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Love Tangle (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Led but raced greenly in front, green on bend over 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner, kept on same pace and no impression final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Anipa (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Template (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders on outside, pushed along over 3f out, no impression on leading duo when edged right under pressure over 1f out, stayed on pressing for well held 3rd in closing stages, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Notarised (9-5) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.