Bencoolen ran better than was expected at Ripon last month and he has claims racing off the same mark today but it is hard to get away from DISTANT MEMORIES, who can confirm the promise of his recent reappearance run at Pontefract and he gets the vote over Dream Lodge. Richard Fahey's gelding was well held in a group 3 race at Haydock last time but is not badly treated back in a handicap now so has to be respected. Gerard Butler's Elliptical has been running consistently well but the handicapper has taken note and of more interest may be Mark Johnston's Opus Maximus, who has only been raised 2lbs for his win at Ffos Las last month. Richard Hannon's Oratory disappointed in the Victoria Cup last month but that is a contest that normally works out well, while Jeremy Noseda's Royal Destination has not been seen since running down the field in the Cambridgeshire. Several of these have place claims but for the winner, it is hard to oppose Tom Tate's Distant Memories, who was narrowly beaten by Albaqaa at Pontefract on his reappearance and he can go one better off just a 1lb higher mark today.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up in 6th, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 8l behind Main Aim (9-0) at Haydock 7f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Distant Memories (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Albaqaa (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Royal Destination (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) 10th of 12, 20l behind Mcclintock (8-13) at Caulfield(AUS) 7f Grp 3 gs in Oct.
General Eliott (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leading trio, edged right and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 8l behind Mabait (8-12) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Demolition 8-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 24l behind Dansili Dancer (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Bencoolen (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Charlie Cool (8-9) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Oratory (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, no progress over 2f out, 15th of 29, 7l behind Dandy Boy (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Elliptical (USA) 5-6fav (9-12) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, no response and wekened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Cumulus Nimbus (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f stks 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Tartan Gunna 10-3fav (8-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 4l behind Fiery Lad (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Made virtually all, ridden and joined inside final furlong, kept on gamely near finish, won at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Hazzard County (8-4) by nk, 5 ran.
Medici Pearl 16-1 (8-6) Mid-division on inside, driven over 2f out, stayed on same pace, weakened final furlong, 11th of 15, 9l behind Osteopathic Remedy (8-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Stevie Thunder 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and no real progress final 2f, 8th of 14, 8l behind Submariner (9-1) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Moody Tunes 5-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no extra and lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 12, 3/4l behind Calahonda (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in May.
Kavachi (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Bumped start, held up in 8th, steady headway on outside from 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 11, 8l behind Flora Trevelyan (8-10) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.