There's plenty of in form animals lining up for this Apprentice Handicap making it a little hard to judge but from a short-list made up of Misaro, Bermondsey Bob and PIAZZA SAN PIETRO preference is made for the last mentioned. Andy Haynes' runner has won two of his last five outings and been in contention in the other three. He found just the one too good in claiming company last time out but his run in these ranks when besting the on-form subsequent winner Requiste last month suggest he should be winning off this mark. Misaro was only beaten home by one on his last attempt when racing under this burden. He was only beaten a length and a half by Absa Lutte when carrying more weight in the handicap at Folkestone in April and based on that should be going very close again. Bermondsey Bob is also on form having followed two narrow reverses with a close cut win of his own last time. Things will be tougher under a penalty but he might be better value for that score than the margin suggests. Sermons Mount has been runner up on his last two runs and the handicapper has taken a dim view of that fact while Headache has a likeable profile and should get involved. A tricky start to the card but marginally preference is for Piazza San Pietro.
Imprimis Tagula (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Ridden to soon lead, headed over 1f out, soon carried left, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Opus Maximus (9-9) at Chester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Piazza San Pietro 4-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until halfway, effort to press winner from over 1f out, ridden and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Abbondanza (9-2) at Folkestone 6f clm stks (6) gf in Jun.
Misaro (GER) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leader until ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Hazelrigg (9-0) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
C'Mon You Irons (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Prominent, hung left ovewr 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, last of 15, 17l behind Gwilym (8-10) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Simple Rhythm 16-1 (8-4) Tracked leading pair on rail, effort over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun beating Requisite (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Headache 13-2 (8-2) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Mr Rainbow (9-7) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Doctor Hilary 4-1fav (9-10) Led, headed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind The Wee Chief (9-9) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Bold Argument (IRE) 25-1 (7-13) Raced in rear, never a factor, 8th of 11, 6l behind Brandywell Boy (8-1) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Sermons Mount (USA) 9-2 (9-6) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Blue Aura (8-10) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Bermondsey Bob (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) With leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held on, won at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun beating Cwmni (9-6) by hd, 14 ran.