The three to keep an eye on in this opener are Best Game, Take A Mile and Knock Bridge with the vote going to the last named. David Evans has his team in good order at present and Knock Bridge proved that by finishing second to Bayard over course and distance last month. She had plenty of pace on the flat and this track suits her style of racing being a flat non-staying track and if able to reproduce her debut performance she will take some beating. Best Game improved from his debut run to finish a creditable third at Musselburgh last time out so further improvement is on the cards. The same can be said for Take A Mile who improved on his debut run when finishing an eye catching second at Warwick on his latest start and if improving again will be in the shake up. But for the winner we return to Knock Bridge.
Ball Boy 12-1 (8-9) Led at steady pace, headed over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 7, 24l behind Public Forum (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp (4) gs in May (Flat).
Best Game 11-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Comical Errors (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo nov hdl (E) gf in Nov.
Ghaill Force 20-1 (10-5) Held up well in rear, kept on steadily from 3 out, never nearer, 4th of 13, 5l behind Equilibria (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo mdn hdl (D) gs in Nov.
Lobengula (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3 out, 4th of 11, 13l behind Bayard (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 3yo nov hdl (D) gd in Nov.
Take A Mile (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up rear, headway 4th, ridden and every chance 2 out, no extra after last, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Prime Contender (11-0) at Warwick 2m 3yo nov hdl (B) sft.
Top Man Tee 8-1 (10-12) Not jump well, always behind, last of 11, well behind Patman Du Charmil (11-5) at Warwick 2m 3yo nov hdl (E) sft.
Annals 20-1 (9-0) Chased leader to 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 14th of 15, 10l behind Desert Imp (8-11) at Newbury 7f 3yo fll hcp (4) frm in May (Flat).
Knock Bridge (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Close up, ridden to chase winner and hit 3 out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Bayard (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 3yo nov hdl (D) gd in Nov.