The winning run of Hammer Gun came to an end at Kempton last month and he’s been upped a further 4lb. Welliesinthewater failed in his bid for a hat-trick of course wins when well beaten off a similar mark last time and it could pay to stick with THAT IS THE SPIRIT. He just held on when making all over track and trip recently but that was his first start since November and David O’Meara’s charge is taken to confirm running with Viscount Barfield, Outer Space and Loyalty. Mount Tahan still looks high enough in the weights and was beaten by the selection at Ayr last year.
That Is The Spirit 8-1 (10-0) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr beating Rusumaat (8-11) by nk, 13 ran.
Outer Space 8-1 (9-12) In touch, headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched right, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind That Is The Spirit (10-0) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
Basil Berry 14-1 (9-1) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 7 1/2l behind Solar Flair (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp (2) pol in Apr.
Viscount Barfield 9-2fav (9-11) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on one pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 2l behind That Is The Spirit (10-0) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
Mount Tahan (IRE) 10-3 (9-2) Dwelt in touch, headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Rene Mathis (9-2) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gf in Apr.
Golden Amber (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Slowly away raced wide in rear, pushed along halfway, kept on final furlong, 4th of 7, 4 1/4l behind Udontdodou (8-10) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
Loyalty 10-1 (9-9) Dwelt towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 13, 6 1/2l behind That Is The Spirit (10-0) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
Hammer Gun (USA) 7-2jfav (9-3) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Believe It (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Welliesinthewater (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 11, 7l behind Pendo (9-0) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (4) pol in Apr.