This is a competitive contest to open the card and the vote is given to Bachnagairn, with Dee Cee Elle and Chip N Pin also considered. The selection ran well last time at Bath when finishing second behind Lapina and with this step-up in trip liKely to suit and his yard in decent form he looks the percentage call. Dee Cee Elle has enjoyed a good winning run but that came to an end when she was well beaten at Nottingham. The handicapper may now have her measure and she looks opposable on that basis. Chip N Pin finished in mid-division in a competitive race at Thirsk last time but this step-up in trip should play to her strengths and she is another worthy of some consideration. Sonara has got some solid form and is another to consider, but for the winner we will stick with Bachnagairn.
Bachnagairn 4-6fav (9-3) Led, driven along from 3f out, headed and not quicken entering final furlong, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Lapina (8-4) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo hcp (5) frm.
Traditionalist (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Prominent, went 2nd over 5f out until 1f out, weakened, 8th of 13, 9l behind Imply (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn aut stk (6) pol.
Dee Cee Elle 3-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders, one pace final 2f, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Bollin Felix (7-11) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp (5) gd.
Sonara (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Held up, smooth headway to chase leaders over 3f out, soon ridden, gradually weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 5l behind Jafaru (8-2) at Hamilton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) gd.
Galingale (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Led, headed after 2f and remained in touch, effort when not much room over 3f out weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 14l behind Fongs Gazelle (9-2) at Beverley 1m 2f fll hcp (4) gf.
Chip N Pin 9-2 (8-7) In touch, outpaced over 3f out, soon beaten, 10th of 16, 12l behind Golden Prospect (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp (6) gd.
Squadron 8-1 (8-10) Soon tracking leader, driven to challenge 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 2l behind Arctic Wings (8-12) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) gs.