Jake Black was an easy three-length winner at Newcastle last week and should be able to follow up under a 5lb penalty so gets the vote over Ile Michel and Turtle Patriarch. The last mentioned has failed to stay further in recent outings and should appreciate the drop back in trip so has to be respected, while Scottish River has slipped to an attractive mark and cannot be discounted. Senor Eduardo has disappointed this season but the faster surface today may help, while Rani Two has claims on the pick of his form although a bigger threat is likely to come from Ile Michel. The Lady Herries-trained gelding has shown promise in two starts this term over inadequate trips and now steps back up in distance. Jake Black won with plenty in hand at Newcastle last week though and is taken to follow up under his penalty.
Mio Caro (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 6th, outpaced 4 out, behind when pulled up 3 out in race won by Swift Swallow (11-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (D) gd in May, 10 ran (N.Hunt).
Ile Michel 5-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, switched left and effort over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Strong Hand (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp (5) gf in May.
Scottish River (USA) 14-1 (11-5) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and headway 3f out, every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Anuvasteel (11-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f amt hcp (5) gf in May.
Prairie Oyster 5-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway on bit 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 14l behind Raze (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll mdn (5) gf in May.
In Deep 33-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden approaching 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 6l behind Freak Occurence (9-10) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (5) gd in May.
Turtle Patriarch (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Always behind, 13th of 18, 19l behind Feed The Meter (9-2) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in May.
Jake Black (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (5) gd beating Trouble Mountain (9-7) by 3l, 16 ran.
Charleston Lover (GER) 25-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 10l behind Snowed Under (9-0) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in May.
Senor Eduardo 9-2 (10-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 13l behind Star Welcome (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f app hcp (6) gs.
Piquet 33-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, stayed on final 2f, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 9l behind Avanti (10-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f amt hcp (6) pol in May.
Rani Two 25-1 (8-4) Held up, headway on inside over 3f out, ridden and one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 7l behind Boppys Princess (8-10) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp (4) gf in May.