Desert Stream caught the eye at Redcar and makes more appeal than Battledress, with only Heathcote and Shortbread worth a mention of the rest. Desert Stream made a pleasing return to action when second to Jaafi at Redcar, and as he will strip a lot fitter now, merits serious consideration with not too many major rivals to worry about. He has obviously had his problems since being involved in a bit of a rough race on his debut at Gowran Park when trained in Ireland, and Mark Johnston's patient approach will hopefully pay off. Having shaped quite well on all three Turf outings last term, Battledress had his limitations exposed when beaten on the all-weather in April and will be of more interest when going into handicaps. Heathcote failed to quicken at Chepstow and should appreciate the extra two furlongs, while Shortbread has not been seen since finishing in mid-division at Newbury last October. Desert Stream is out to make up for lost time and is the pick.
Corrib Drift (USA) 8-1 (11-1) Led after 3f, ridden and headed over 1f out, not quicken final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Royal Stardust (10-9) at Lingfield 2m nhf (H) gs in Feb (N.Hunt).
Desert Stream (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride and held up, good headway to lead over 3f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Jaafi (8-8) at Redcar 1m 3f mdn aut stk (6) gf.
Logger Rhythm (USA) 50-1 (9-1) Always behind, 15th of 18, 25l behind Frontlinefinancier (9-2) at Bath 2m 1f hcp (6) gf.
Solipsist (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 5l behind Anduril (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f sll (G4) pol in Nov.
Georgie's Lass (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Held up, ridden over 4f out, soon struggling, 11th of 15, 47l behind Tickers Way (10-8) at Stratford 2m mdn nhf (H) gf (N.Hunt).
Battledress (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, soon weakened, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Bravemore (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) pol in Apr.
Heathcote 4-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, brief effort 5f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 15l behind Polish Eagle (8-11) at Chepstow 1m 2f mdn stk (5) gf.
Shortbread 16-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden halfway, soon struggling, 8th of 16, 17l behind Spear Thistle (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (D2) sft in Oct.