The consistent performances of Strike Force make some appeal but OUR KES can swoop to follow up on providing Kieren Fallon his first win back from suspension last time while Emerald Rock is also very much in our thoughts. The selection has a pretty decent strike rate at the track and added to that record with that course and distance success under Fallon. That was his maiden success and his three pounds mark rise should be in his scope to make it a quick two-timer. Strike Force also has a decent record here and is running well at the moment. He looks sure to run his race again off the same mark which saw him place last time. Emerald Rock only has to concede a maximum of six pounds despite his rank as top weight and ran well enough on his handicap debut last time to suggest his mark is fair. Bramalea looks to be coming to hand and could be value for each-way punters but to win the last we like Our Kes.
Emerald Rock (CAN) 11-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Agilete (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcap (6) pol in Feb.
Top Seed (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden 4f out, soon lost touch, last of 8, 20l behind Spring Secret (9-0) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Bramalea 12-1 (8-13) Held up, headway to 4th 7f out, ridden over 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on but no chance, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Qelaan (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Highland Love 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 22l behind Puy D'arnac (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Smooth As Silk (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, soon not clear run briefly and switched right, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Rose Row (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Bricks and Porter (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Our Kes (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Our Kes (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Annambo (9-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Strike Force 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, chased winner over 2f out to over 1f out, ridden and no extra final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Valid Point (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Roleplay (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Always prominent, led well over 1f out, soon edged left and headed, no extra when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Our Kes (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Seventh Hill 12-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 8l behind Recalcitrant (9-6) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gd.
Lugato (GER) 50-1 (8-4) Towards rear,, 11th of 22, 10l behind Fictional Account (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 50-85 gf in Jul.
Coolnaharan (IRE) 22-1 (8-8) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside over 3f out, chased winner 1f out, strong challenge and closed near finish, just held, 2nd of 16, hd behind Recalcitrant (9-6) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gd.