GIANTSTEPSAHEAD sports joint topweight but rates an improving sort this term, landing a convincing success here on his penultimate start before only succumbing narrowly at Nottingham on the forecast ground. He comfortably accounted for Hamble here two starts ago and is expected to confirm the form on slightly disadvantageous terms. The lightly-raced pair, Samaral and Censorius, should both improve on recent latest runs although it must be noted that both appeared to display a degree of temperament on those occasions. Corn Maiden likes it here but Magnolia Ridge, solid and consistent, appeals as a more reliable threat to the selection.
Giantstepsahead (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Keen led 2f, tracked leader, led again over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Ferryview Place (7-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Magnolia Ridge (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, 4th of 7, well behind Gambol (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Corn Maiden 11-10fav (9-7) Led, pushed along and narrowly headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Layline (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 3f app hcp (6) fm.
Hamble 15-8fav (9-4) Held up, headway 6f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 24l behind Men Don't Cry (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Semaral (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Truancy (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Armourer (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Set steady pace until swerved sharply over 4f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Classical Art (9-6) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Sweetheart Abbey 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, went 2nd over 1f out, closed on idling winner nearing finish, just held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Red Passiflora (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Censorius 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 8f out, ridden 3f out, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Red Passiflora (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.