Serena Brotherton has been in top form in amateurs events but she'll need all her powers of persuasion to return Epsom Salts to the form that saw him win three races on the course during 2009. Shesha Bear has questions to answer after disappointing when favourite for a similar event this month so it could be worth taking her on with BROUHAHA. Tom Dascombe's eight-year-old hasn't won for a while though his recent effort at Yarmouth represented a step in the right direction. The Ducking Stool and Rub Of The Relic have been winning at lesser levels, but a market check is advised about Encircled. She hasn't been seen since landing a Kempton handicap in February 2011 but Katie Margarson's 5lb claim could come in handy.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 17-2 (8-8) Held up towards rear, between horses over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Lady Rosamunde (8-2) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Encircled 8-1 (9-7) Well placed in 2nd in steadily run race, going well 3f out, led 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb '11 beating Camps Bay (9-5) by 1l, 6 ran.
Shesha Bear 3-1fav (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along 7f out, ridden 4f out, no impression final 3f, 4th of 7, 11l behind Colinca's Lad (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Epsom Salts 66-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 7f out, headed 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 26l behind Sand Skier (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Kings Troop 5-1 (8-11) Raced wide towards rear, ridden 4f out, never a threat, 6th of 7, 12l behind Colinca's Lad (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Carrowbeg (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Byron Bear (8-2) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul '11.
Brouhaha 6-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, not much room over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Marhaba Malyoon (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Rub of The Relic (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon no extra and lost 2nd place, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Royal Straight (9-8) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
The Ducking Stool 3-1fav (9-1) Took keen hold, with leader, led over 9f out, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, always just doing enough, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f app hcp (6) gf beating Locum (8-8) by 3/4l, 9 ran.