The veteran Aureate was winning for only the second time since 2009 when scoring by a short-head over 1m4f here last month. But the other recent winner, JOYFUL MOTIVE, makes more appeal. The latter opened his account with a four length victory in an amateurs race over course and distance a week ago and is taken to reverse earlier running over 2m with Adili. Freedom Flying was still beaten out of sight when third at this venue while age appears to have caught up with Overrule who continues on a downward spiral.
Joyful Motive 10-1 (9-5) Raced wide, tracked leaders, led entering final 3f, clear over 1f out, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar beating Ballyheigue (10-0) by 4l, 7 ran.
Cape Safari (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up behind, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 13l behind Divea (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Adili (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Raced keenly, with leader, led over 4f out, headed 3f out, ridden and one pace 2f out, no chance with winner from over 1f out, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Teajaybe (9-12) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Mar.
Overrule (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place halfway, 10th of 13, 26l behind Hussar Ballad (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Aureate 8-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders on inside until outpaced and lost place 5f out, rallied on outside over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead post, won at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar beating Bethan (9-7) by shd, 6 ran.
Freedom Flying 80-1 (8-8) In rear, pushed along 9f out, behind over 7f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 5, 27l behind Mr Burbidge (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Solis (GER) 12-1 (7-13) Always in rear, 8th of 9, 26l behind La Bacouetteuse (9-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.