An above-average affair for the track with SILVER SHUFFLE taken as a value option on this first outing for Malcolm Jefferson against more obvious types. The selection was progressing nicely enough over the water and the Irish import is preferred to the ex-Gosden Group winner, Questioning. The latter is clearly talented but failed to get home on debut after travelling smoothly and, if anything, this rates a harder task. Admiral Hawke hacked up in selling grade last time and it'll be interesting to see how he handles the rise in grade, whilst stablemate Autun, useful on the Flat, has yet to show the same sparkle over timber. Apollo Eleven has to be respected for a yard that does well here whilst May's Boy would also be a contender if coming here from his scheduled Monday engagement at Cartmel.
May's Boy 6-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, not much room on inside rail and squeezed through on long run to last, led after last, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul beating Factor Fifty (10-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Admiral Hawke (IRE) 13-8fav (10-12) With leader, led from 2nd, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell (5) gd beating Aneedh (10-11) by 22l, 8 ran.
Apollo Eleven (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, behind and struggling soon after 3 out, no chance after, plugged on past beaten horses flat, 8th of 15, 19l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Captain Rhyric 50-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway into mid-division 7f out, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Izzini (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr '13.
On Vacation (IRE) 28-1 (11-1) Behind, struggling 6f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-1) at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Park House 50-1 (11-2) Led until halfway, remained prominent, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Southfield Royale (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Questioning (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway and in touch 4 out, left 2nd next, driven to lead briefly approaching last, ridden and no extra flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Panache (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, slight mistakes 1st and 3rd, 5th halfway, 2nd 3 out, soon ridden and no impression on easy winner, slight mistake 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Lucky Pat (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl.
Willie Whistle 66-1 (11-2) Midfield, weakened over 5f out, eased, 8th of 9, 44l behind Theatrical Style (11-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gd in Jul.
Aregra (FR) 33-1 (10-10) Held up, behind from 4th, went remote 3rd after 3 out, 3rd of 6, well behind Parlour Games (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Autun (USA) 20-1 (10-11) Held up in 4th throughout, struggling 3 out, tailed off before next, 4th of 6, well behind Collodi (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.