Millennium Hall, Lake Wakatipu, Caymans Gift and York Cliff are four against the field in a wide open affair and the tentative vote is given to Lake Wakatipu. The selection has been in fair form of late and was a fair third behind Court Of Appeal last time out. That form looks rock solid in the context of this race and under conditions that suit he is taken to score. Caymans Gift rates the main danger as he is one of the most consistent run the race but he looks weighted up to his best. Millennium Hall was a fair third behind Rare Coincidence last time and is sure to strip fitter here so he should be noted in the market as he loves this course and distance. York Cliff is another that could go well as he won well last time out but this looks more competitive and his penalty may just find him out. Of the remainder the booking of Pauline Robson for Shekan Star catches the eye and is another that could go well but in a race where stakes should be kept to a minimum for the winner we return to Lake Wakatipu.
Millennium Hall 8-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 5f out, ridden to lead 4f out, headed 2f out, one pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Rare Coincidence (9-2) at Hamilton 1m 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Front Rank (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Prominent, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 17, 10l behind High Charter (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (6) gd in Apr '05.
Caymans Gift 3-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on over 1f out, never reached leaders, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Rare Coincidence (9-2) at Hamilton 1m 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Lake Wakatipu 15-2 (10-1) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Court Of Appeal (10-4) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy rds hcp (6) gf.
Fiddlers Creek (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, every chance 2f out, until weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 15l behind Tidy (9-2) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
York Cliff 11-4fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Ayr 1m 5f app hcp (5) gd beating Balwearie (9-1) by a nk, 8 ran.
Tom Bell (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division, effort 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 16l behind Boulevin (7-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs in May.
Shekan Star 5-1 (8-8) Held up, headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead near finish, won at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Bronze Dancer (9-6) by a hd, 9 ran.