ITALIAN RIVIERA will start a warm order after last week's victory at Lingfield, his third success on Polytrack. He also has a Fibresand success to his credit and though well beaten on his only Turf start it was on soft ground and he's improved markedly since. He's impossible to oppose as Wild Desert, who was in good form at this time a year ago from much higher marks, has been beaten a distance on his last two starts. Hi Note looks the main threat despite some moderate form over hurdles recently as he's only 3lb higher than when completing a double at Bath in September. All Annalena scored over timber at Towcester in March and has been racing over trips much too short in her two subsequent runs on the Flat.
Italian Riviera 6-4fav (9-7) Held up in touch, went 2nd over 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, eased heavily near finish, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Story Writer (9-2) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Mister Carter (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 6f out, completely tailed off, 19th of 20, well behind Voleuse De Coeurs (8-11) at Galway 2m hcp 55-80 sft in Jul.
All Annalena (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Slowly away in touch in rear, ridden 3f out, went 4th over 1f out, never a factor, 4th of 6, 11l behind Stock Hill Fair (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Paintball (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 15l behind Stock Hill Fair (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Wild Desert (FR) 8-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 34l behind Broxbourne (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Hi Note 8-1 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f , kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Beat Route (9-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind King's Masque (9-5) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Sep.