Duke Of Firenze has won over the course and distance and is 2lb lower than his last victory at Catterick in October though he's run very poorly subsequently. ROUDEE has never run here but has scored on soft ground at Chester and came with a late run to snatch the spoils over 6f at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago. That will have done him the power of good and he can complete a quick double. Monumental Man won this a year ago, when Sandfrankskipsgo was 4l back in third, though the going was fast and that appears to be his preferred surface on Turf. Bouclier took an age to find his feet after arriving from France but has won his last two on Polytrack though over 6f in much lesser grade and has a 9lb rise to contend with. Normal Equilibrium was mixing it in the best handicaps last summer and has now dropped to a very favourable mark.
Roudee 14-1 (9-0) Close stand side, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead post, won at Doncaster 6f hcp (3) sft in Apr beating New Bidder (8-13) by shd, 16 ran.
Duke Of Firenze 66-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 15 1/2l behind Mobsta (9-5) at Doncaster 6f lst (1) sft in Apr.
Normal Equilibrium 14-1 (8-12) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, edged right and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 3/4l behind Brother Tiger (8-13) at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (3) pol in Feb.
Monumental Man 10-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Humidor (9-10) at Epsom 5f hcp (2) hvy in Aug.
Bouclier (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (5) pol in Apr beating Seamster (9-4) by 3 1/4l, 10 ran.
Crosse Fire 33-1 (9-1) Chased leader far side, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, 11 3/4l behind Roudee (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp (3) sft in Apr.
Smoothtalkinrascal (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Awkwardly away in rear, pushed along halfway, never a factor, 6th of 7, 4 1/4l behind Equally Fast (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Sandfrankskipsgo 5-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Royal Birth (8-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Mar.