held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, switched wide over 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders
led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong
held up, pushed along and unable to quicken over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders
tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out
close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon edged left, headed towards finish
raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong
pressed leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to lead again towards finish
steadied start held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor
raced wide in touch, effort 2f out, kept on one pace
Next Stage won on his reappearance over a slightly shorter trip here last month. Unexposed, he should make a bold bid to follow up off a 6lb higher mark as his only poor run so far came on soft going. But BALLET CONCERTO won the Spring Mile at Doncaster on his first run since being gelded and it would be no surprise if he developed into a pattern race performer this year so he can defy a 5lb rise in the weights here. Sir Michael Stoute also runs Playful Sound, who won her first three last year before finding Listed company too hot at Newbury. Grapevine was only beaten a nose over 1m2f at Newbury on his comeback and looks set for a good season while Central Square is a reliable sort in this grade. Lincoln fifth Dolphin Vista and Abareeq, who got no run at Epsom, are also worth considering.
Central Square (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped right and mistake 1st, in touch in main group after 5th, not fluent 3 out, soon beaten, 8th of 16, 26l behind Glaring (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Great Hall 20-1 (9-7) Led 1f, tracked leaders, headway to chase winner over 2f out, ridden and every chance when hung left over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Brorocco (8-4) at Epsom 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Ballet Concerto 8-1 (9-9) Towards rear centre group, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) gs in Apr beating Sinfonietta (9-2) by 3/4l, 21 ran.
Dolphin Vista (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division stand side, ridden over 1f out, soon headway, kept on towards finish, 5th of 22, 2 1/4l behind Bravery (9-1) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Next Stage 4-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, edged right ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 1m hcp (2) gf in Apr beating Shaiyem (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bancnuanaheireann (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Third Time Lucky (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (2) pol in Feb.
Playful Sound 11-4 (8-12) Keen, tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 15 3/4l behind Laganore (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f lst fll stks (1) gf in Oct.
Grapevine (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, steadied off heels 8f out, good headway on inside over 2f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, soon ridden, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Signe (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp (3) gf in Apr.
Abareeq 10-1 (8-6) Close up, not clear run over 2f out, soon switched right, no impression, 9th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Brorocco (8-4) at Epsom 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Berkshire (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 7 1/4l behind Team Talk (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Nov.