Hellbender's recent second at Musselburgh is misleading as he was still beaten five lengths. MYSTERIOUS WONDER posted a better effort when third at Catterick in April and he failed to stay a mile at Newcastle last time. Back over today's trip, he gets the nod. Wotalad was placed at Southwell in December but has yet to win and previous course and distance winner No Quarter makes more appeal. Dream Scenario could only manage seventh in this last year but World Record plummeted down the weights last season and could make his presence felt on his debut for a new yard.
Dream Scenario 8-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 5l behind Maggie Pink (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
World Record (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until 3f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 5, 11l behind Aglaophonos (8-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo clm (5) gd in Oct.
No Quarter (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 12, 4l behind Ad Vitam (9-4) at Redcar 7f sell (6) gf in Apr.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Slowly away towards rear, ridden over 3f out, late headway, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 10l behind Cara's Request (8-12) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Mysterious Wonder 6-1 (9-4) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 12l behind Polar Forest (9-2) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Wotalad 20-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, last of 10, 13l behind Amenable (9-2) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in May.
One Kool Dude 66-1 (8-2) In rear, soon pushed along, never near leaders, 9th of 14, 6l behind Alexandrakollontai (8-9) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Hellbender (IRE) 11-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased clear winner over 1f out, no threat to winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Cara's Request (8-12) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Eium Mac 5-1 (10-3) In touch, outpaced halfway, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Absolute Bearing (9-9) at Redcar 6f amat mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gs in May.