ROUGH ROCK's record over course and distance is strong and he is taken to see off Perlachy and Bertie Southstreet in a competitive handicap. Chris Dwyer's charge looks competitive as he is able to race off a mark of 66 this afternoon. That's only 3lbs higher than his win here last month and with Ashley Morgan taking over in the saddle a big run is anticipated assuming the ground doesn't get too soft. Perlachy is well-treated at the moment and there was more promise in his third at Wolverhampton last time. That appears to be his favourite track however he has run some good races on turf before, admittedly without getting his head in-front. Elusive Hawk needs a market check on this return to action as he is now 2lbs lower than his last win; all three of his victories have come on the Fibresand at Southwell. Bertie Southstreet has a penalty for a recent win here over five furlongs but the longer trip today isn't a problem and he might not be done with just yet. Silver Prelude is a well-handicapped course winner, Big Boom is respected following a break after a Southwell flop, whilst Angel Of Fashion hasn't been with the yard for long and is handicapped to win races. Rough Rock is given the vote.
Bertie Southstreet 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leading trio, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Socceroo (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Reared start, slowly away and lost all chance, 12th of 14, 10l behind Nickel Silver (9-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Rough Rock (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) In rear, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Perlachy 14-1 (9-7) Broke well, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Dancing Maite (9-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Silver Prelude 10-1 (9-2) Led, ridden 2 lengths clear over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 10, 4l behind Raimond Ridge (8-10) at Lingfield 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Big Boom 17-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 27l behind Scruffy Skip (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
Angel Of Fashion (IRE) 11-2 (8-3) In touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 9l behind Naddwah (9-0) at Leicester 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) In touch on inside, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Tournedos (8-13) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.