EQUULEUS PICTOR certainly wasn't winning out of turn at Southwell last week. Quicker conditions here are a bit of concern but John Spearing's seven-year-old, who has plenty of early pace, won't be inconvenienced by the drop in distance and can defy his penalty. Magical Speedfit hasn't managed a win here in eight previous visits but races off the same mark as when successful at Brighton in May and makes more appeal than the disappointing Cruise Tothelimit and Even Bolder, who is on a long losing run.
Equuleus Pictor 13-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led 1f out, driven out, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Ace Of Spies (9-9) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Magical Speedfit (IRE) 11-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 5l behind Rough Rock (9-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Even Bolder 28-1 (8-10) Awkward start, raced in rear, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 10, 13l behind Alfresco (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Diamond Johnny G (USA) 25-1 (8-7) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Titus Gent (8-13) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf.
Cruise Tothelimit (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Duchess Dora (9-3) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Jun.
Pose (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Chased leaders over 3f, tailed off, last of 10, 46l behind Pelmanism (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Porthgwidden Beach (USA) 9-2 (7-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 7l behind Farlow (9-3) at Warwick 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.