A modest-looking handicap. City Ground is of some interest on his first run for Michael Appleby and has a good amateur on board, but was out of sorts when last seen in the autumn and isn’t one to rely on. BARNABY BROOK started at a low level on his return from a two year absence in February but has won two races of this grade and the manner of his latest success suggests there is more to come. The veteran Engai is on a decent mark and can chase him home.
Barnaby Brook (CAN) 11-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, wide into straight, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in May beating Filament Of Gold (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
City Ground (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, 7th of 14, 6 1/4l behind Venutius (9-10) at Beverley 1m hcp (5) gf in Oct.
Tseo 5-1 (9-5) Led, driven and headed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 10 1/2l behind Chorlton House (9-5) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f mdn stks (6) pol in Jan.
Flag Of Glory 20-1 (9-11) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 21 3/4l behind Shalamzar (10-6) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (5) gs in May.
Candesta (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, not much room over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on final furlong, unable to get on terms, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Vivo Per Lei (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in May.
Goal (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division, lost place after 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, tailed off, 9th of 10, dist behind Our Kylie (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in May.
Engai (GER) 13-2 (9-5) Slow into stride towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Mount Cheiron (9-3) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ferryview Place 12-1 (9-1) Always behind, 8th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Barnaby Brook (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in May.
Je T'aime Encore 12-1 (10-7) In touch in 5th, weakened before last, last of 6, dist behind Changing The Guard (11-0) at Fakenham 2m (5) gd in Mar.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Led briefly, chased winner until over 4f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 15 1/4l behind Sober Up (9-1) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (6) pol in May.
Bond Mystery 7-1 (10-6) 6th of 10, 12 1/2l behind Admirable Art (10-12) at Les Landes 1m hcp gf in May.
Total Obsession 33-1 (8-9) In touch in rear, effort over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 5, 19 1/2l behind Hard Toffee (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f stks (6) gd in May.
Ron Waverly (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 15 1/2l behind Bamako Du Chatelet (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Ballyheigue (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on outside over 8f out, ridden over 4f out, lost place 3f out, 7th of 11, 14l behind Katniss (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Aug.