LOST IN PARIS should blaze these rivals from the gate though Cape Royal and Fine Silk are respected. Tim Easterby looks to have a progressive sort on his hands and having run well at Ripon in April; he stormed home at Catterick in emphatic fashion. There is plenty more to come. Cape Royal is another with bagfuls of speed. He ran another solid race at Nottingham on Saturday without quite being good enough. Fine Silk has placed on her last two starts but regrettably gives the handicapper no urge to drop her anytime soon. Grudge's last run can be safely ignored as he exited the stalls still wearing his blind for entry. Riflessione has gone up 3lb for a near miss at Bath while the remainder have it prove. Lost In Paris looks the type to run up a sequence and leg two appears to be today.
Lost In Paris (IRE) 7-4fav (9-1) Made all and set strong pace, clear 2f out, driven out, eased towards finish, unchallenged, won at Catterick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fm beating Caribbean Coral (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Riflessione 9-2fav (9-12) Mid-division, headway and not clear run over 1f out, stayed on well, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Kakapuka (8-11) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Apr.
Cape Royal 22-1 (9-4) Led main group and raced on stands side rail, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Top Bid (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Grudge 6-1 (8-11) Reared and hood removed late, behind, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 9th of 11, 5l behind Igoyougo (8-12) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Step It Up (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind King's Caprice (9-1) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Fine Silk (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Led early, chased winner ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Miss Hollybell (9-3) at Ffos Las 6f fll hcp (5) gf.
Financial Times (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Behind, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 15, 4 1/2l behind West Leake (8-9) at Bath 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.