Shamshon finished in front of Harry Hurricane when only fourth at Epsom last week though drops down a grade for this and has decent claims. But LITTLE BOY BLUE included a course and distance success when landing a double last summer and a recent placed effort at Bath suggests a return to winning ways is imminent. Bill Turner’s charge gets the vote while Crystal Deauville is another likely to figure with a recent outing under his belt having gone close off a higher mark over 6f here last term. Arzaak beat Jack Taylor on a couple of occasions last term and both course and distance winners are preferred to Tan.
Little Boy Blue 9-1 (9-7) Rearing in gate, chased leader on rail, every chance when not much room on rail briefly inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind The Daley Express (9-6) at Bath 5f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Harry Hurricane 10-1 (8-13) In rear, pushed along 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 4 3/4l behind Just That Lord (8-13) at Epsom 5f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Shamshon (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) In touch, pushed along and not clear run over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Just That Lord (8-13) at Epsom 5f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Jack Taylor (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division on inside, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders and hung left 2f out, hung left and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 6 3/4l behind Black Salt (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Arzaak (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Difficult loading, towards rear, effort on outside over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 4l behind Poyle Vinnie (9-7) at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Crystal Deauville (FR) 14-1 (9-3) Led, ridden inside final 2f, edged left and headed over 1f out, well held in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 3/4l behind Mamillius (9-5) at Brighton 7f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Tan 9-1 (9-8) In touch, pushed along halfway, never a factor, 7th of 11, 7 3/4l behind Canford Bay (9-3) at Ripon 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.