REALIST didn’t really get the run of the race over further at Leicester 12 days ago and also lost both of his front shoes. The winner of that contest won one of the big handicaps at Royal Ascot earlier this week so that probably wasn’t a bad effort. Mickydee is interesting back on Turf and fellow maiden Surprise Picture was keeping on behind an improver at Doncaster. Cotai Bear wears headgear on his reappearance and first run on Turf and Italian Breeze has also had a break but Balearic won at Newcastle before failing to justify favouritism at Newmarket and Elvrika is also on a retrieval mission after defeat here last month, though is upped in trip. Makashi ran well above expectations at Doncaster but was possibly flattered by the result.
Surprise Picture (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Held up in mid-division, headway travelling strongly over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, close up entering final furlong, one pace close home, 3rd of 12, 3 3/4l behind Air To Air (9-10) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Makashi (FR) 100-1 (9-2) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led over 2f out, pushed along and ran on, headed close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Bashosh (9-9) at Doncaster 1m stks (5) gf in Jun.
Elvrika (IRE) 11-4jfav (8-13) Squeezed out after start, towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, plugged on final furlong, never going pace of leading trio, 4th of 9, 4 3/4l behind Il Bandito (9-1) at Haydock 7f hcp (4) gs in May.
Realist 7-1 (9-0) In rear, wide and headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6 1/2l behind Surefire (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Balearic (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Raced keenly tracking leaders, slightly distracted steadied off heels and switched left over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Bullace (9-7) at Newmarket 1m hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Cotai Bear (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Raced wide early, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 17 3/4l behind Farasi Lane (8-5) at Kempton 7f (4) pol in Nov.
Italian Breeze 14-1 (8-9) Mid-division stand side, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 11th of 27, 12 1/4l behind Just Frank (8-9) at Newmarket 6f stks (2) sft in Oct.
Mickydee 5-2 (9-5) Led, headed 2f out, 3rd and no impression on winner final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Jubilee Bridge (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 1f stks (5) gf in Jun.
Time Interval 22-1 (8-12) Pulled hard and always towards rear, last of 10, 10 1/2l behind Red Mirage (9-11) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Jun.
Baby Alya (IRE) 17-2 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, short of room over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Bellazada (9-5) at Newmarket 1m hcp fll (5) gd in May.