NORTHERN SPY won this a year ago under the same rider carrying more weight than today. He's never raced over this trip subsequently and is taken to complete the double. Annes Rocket was a long way behind a year ago but is much better than that and has a C&D victory to his credit. Silvee was a very easy winner on Polytrack at Lingfield a fortnight ago but has never won from a mark this high while Irie Ute has looked better on the all-weather circuit. The veteran Takitwo hasn't had much racing over the past couple of years but gained a facile success at Folkestone last month and may have been feeling the effects when a moderate fourth at Yarmouth a couple of weeks later.
Dear Maurice 16-1 (8-11) Dwelt in touch, ridden and no impression 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Catherines Call (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
May's Boy 20-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 13, 16l behind Hurricane Spirit (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
George Thisby 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Moody Tunes (10-5) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gs.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held close home, 3rd of 16, 1/2l behind My Own Way Home (9-1) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
National Hope (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Reluctant to race, always well behind, 10th of 11, 22l behind Zing Wing (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Bold Ring 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, lost over 2f out, 10th of 13, 21l behind Strathnaver (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Silvee 9-2 (8-7) Led 1f, tracked leaders until led again entering final 2f, ridden clear final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Links Drive Lady (9-6) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Irie Ute 15-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, edged left over 1f out, upsides when hit on nose by rivals whip inside final furlong, soon carried right, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in May beating Little Perisher (8-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Takitwo 11-2 (9-13) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 4l behind Jonnie Skull (9-0) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Gallego 40-1 (8-8) Steadied start, pulled hard in rear, rapid headway to join leaders 8f out, led halfway, headed over 2f out, weakened quickly soon after, last of 11, 16l behind Edgeworth (9-0) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Rapid Water 4-1 (9-2) Dwelt in touch, headway to track leading pair over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Polar Auroras (9-1) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Arachnophobia (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Hampered start, raced centre tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon hung right, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 6l behind Gracie's Games (8-5) at Windsor 6f app hcp (6) sft in May.
Northern Spy (USA) 14-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 11l behind Moody Tunes (10-5) at Goodwood 1m 1f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gs.
Forty Proof (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 11l behind Julius Geezer (9-6) at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) gf in May.