CHARGING THUNDER went close on his reappearance over 1m4f at Doncaster. He won over a longer trip than this last season and William Buick’s presence is another positive. Contingency Fee beat Russian Virtue easily enough at Yarmouth recently though found Ravens Ark too good at Brighton last summer, though the latter returns to action. Amazing Red won off a higher mark at Newmarket last summer and is preferred to Fox Vardy.
Amazing Red (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) In touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 24 1/4l behind Tribal Art (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Fox Vardy (USA) 5-1 (9-10) Soon led, clear over 8f out until over 4f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 8 1/4l behind Naval Commander (9-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (3) pol in Nov.
Charging Thunder 7-1 (9-6) Raced keenly disputing 2nd, went outright 2nd 7f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Shake A Leg (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Ravens Ark 3-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, closed over 2f out, close up over 1f out, held inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Snowalot (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Russian Virtue 40-1 (9-4) Keen raced wide, tracked winner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 3 1/4l behind Contingency Fee (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Henry The Fifth (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) Chased leader, joined leader 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened, last of 9, 11 1/2l behind Estrela Star (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Contingency Fee 4-1 (9-5) Made all, set steady pace, quickened pace over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp (5) gf in Apr beating Russian Virtue (9-4) by 3 1/4l, 4 ran.
Golden Valour 10-1 (9-9) Led early, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5 1/2l behind Prydwen (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Apr.