The King's Steed escapes a penalty for winning an apprentices’ race at Nottingham though is racing from 3lb out of the weights in this tougher contest. YUKON is preferred on last month’s third in this grade at Musselburgh given he has lots of scope for further progress with a visor fitted for the first time. Flying Moon will be sharper for a recent comeback having ended last term with a hat-trick including a couple of course and distance wins but the remainder need to step up on recent efforts with Mac Ailey perhaps most likely to do so.
Straitouttacompton 5-1 (9-7) Held up, pushed along over 4f out, ridden 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 14 1/4l behind Curtiz (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Venusta (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Slightly slow to stride, always in rear, last of 13, 12l behind What An Angel (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Yukon (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway 2f out, kept on, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Gometra Ginty (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Ralphy Boy Two (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Midfield, brief headway on outside over 1f out, one-paced inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6 1/2l behind Dragons Will Rise (8-13) at Pontefract 1m hcp (5) gf in Apr.
My Boy Lewis (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Midfield, mistake 2nd, dropped to rear 4th, struggling from 5th, mistake next, pulled up before 2 out, at Hexham 2m (4) gs in May.
Flying Moon (GER) 5-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, brief headway over 1f out, faded and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Corndavon Lad (9-3) at Ayr 1m hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Paddyplex 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden for effort over 3f out, gradually lost ground, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 29 1/2l behind Greengage (9-6) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Mac Ailey 7-1 (10-10) Rider removed hood late and went left start, held up, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Takeonefortheteam (10-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp (6) gf in Apr.
The King's Steed 3-1fav (8-9) Made all, went clear from over 1f out, easily, won at Nottingham 1m hcp (6) sft in May beating Don't Joke (8-7) by 8 1/2l, 12 ran.
Rain Cap 66-1 (8-2) Close up, ridden for effort over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 5th of 6, 11 1/2l behind Pearl Of Qatar (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp (5) gf in May.
Tefnut (USA) 13-2 (9-6) Held up in midfield, ridden and headway between horses over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 7l behind Kentuckyconnection (9-12) at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) pol in Dec.