Unex Degas clearly needs a sharp track and this rather unusual venue may not suit the King inmate. However, he's in good nick at present with two runner-up efforts and seems sure to be involved. Smalib Monterg, claimed by Dr Newland out of what looked a very modest Ludlow seller, rewarded the decision with two solid efforts upped to handicap company and looks better than selling grade. With both looking vulnerable however, the once-raced DAY IN THE SUN can take advantage. He wasn't given a hard time on debut behind three fair sorts at Southwell, seems sure to improve and can score here before going on to better things.
Day In The Sun (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon no impression, 4th of 8, 15l behind Hawkhill (11-5) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in May.
Mwaleshi 12-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Mangonel (10-7) at Kempton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden next, stayed on to chase leading pair when hit last, no impression when lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 12, 9l behind Jolly Roger (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Unex Degas (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, not fluent 3 out, led before next, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Captain Brown (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Tackswop (IRE) 100-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, weakening when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Balding Banker (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar, 10 ran.