The presence of Megan Carberry aboard Top Of The Glas is sure to make Brian Ellison's gelding a popular order on the Knavesmire. But JOYS OF SPRING has been keeping her counsel in slightly better company than this and, having gone close recently at Windsor, we'll take Luca Cumani's filly to belatedly get off the mark. Green Zone has dotted up at Thirsk and Pontefract in his last two starts and Nigel Tinkler turns to Shelly Birkett in an effort to bring about a quick hat-trick. Spiceupyourlife failed to follow up a success at Beverley though she handles fast ground and Jack Garritty is able to claim 3lb from the saddle. Mayfield Boy won a maiden over course and distance last year and with Mel Brittain's charge the subject of plenty of confidence ahead of his most recent outing at Pontefract, a market check is advised.
Joys of Spring (IRE) 5-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, driven and edged right 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Rekdhat (9-5) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Top of The Glas (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Held up behind leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 7f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in Jun beating Mr McLaren (9-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Xanthos 14-1 (9-5) Always behind, 9th of 10, 28l behind Lungarno Palace (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Mayfield Boy 7-2 (9-1) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon pressed, kept on gamely inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Imshivalla (8-9) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Spiceupyourlife (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 6l behind Silver Rime (9-8) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Green Zone (IRE) 2-1fav (8-11) Chased leader, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Alquimia (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Sellingallthetime (IRE) 6-4fav (8-5) In touch in rear, headway on outer to track leaders halfway, joined leader 4f out, ridden 3f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 6, 19l behind From Frost (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Jun.
Plucky Dip 25-1 (7-9) In touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Brown Eyed Honey (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.