It will be a big surprise if BIRDINTHEHAND gets beat here and we will put him forward to get the better of Dark Oasis and Cape Marien. This filly from the Henry Cecil yard is the clear form pick on the evidence of her second to Sabotage at Leicester at the start of this month. There should be more to come from her as this will be only her third run and it is hard to see her getting turned over with conditions to suit. Dark Oasis wasn't beaten far at Ripon last month and this longer trip should work in his favour so if the selection fails to fire then he should be the one to profit. Cape Marien was well beaten on her debut and although she should come on for the experience, she will need to do so to get competitive. Jay Gee Wigmo hails from a shrewd yard and is another worth a market check, but for the winner we will stick with Birdinthehand.
Brave Knave (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) In touch, weakened well over 2f out, 6th of 12, 17l behind Spotty Muldoon (9-3) at Warwick 1m mdn auc stks (6) sft in Sep.
Jay Gee Wigmo 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 13l behind Desert Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Dark Oasis 7-2 (8-9) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 12, nk behind Joinedupwriting (9-10) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in May.
Iron Master 50-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, soon in rear, well behind final 3f, 8th of 9, 19l behind Mohtashem (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Birdinthehand (FR) 15-2 (8-12) Held up in touch, left 3rd 7f out, chased winner over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, outpaced by winner from over 1f out, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Sabotage (9-3) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Cape Marien (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Started slowly, always towards rear, struggling over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 12, 26l behind Star Ruby (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo fll mdn (4) gd in Apr.