Sir Oliver has proven best on the all-weather so far though can race off a lower mark on this surface and placed at Redcar last month when ahead of Athollblair Boy. The latter has subsequently won over 7f at Newcastle while Lordsbridge Boy was beaten only a nose at Salisbury and a 10lb claimer takes over the reins today. An apprentice’s allowance also helps the cause of BEZZAS LAD, who ended last year winning at Nottingham but went close at Chelmsford on his recent debut for Mick Appleby’s yard and is taken to go one better back over today’s trip. Excellent George is regularly placed but hasn’t won since 2018.
Spirited Guest 9-1 (9-3) Went sharply left start, held up off the pace in last trio, never on terms, 7th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Capote's Dream (9-7) at Windsor 6f hcp (4) gd in May.
Sir Oliver (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Midfield, ridden 2f out, ran on well inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1/2l behind Araifjan (8-8) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Athollblair Boy (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led going well over 1f out, pushed along and ran on well, won at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Apr beating Burrows Seeside (10-10) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lilkian 16-1 (9-5) Restless in stalls, held up off the pace in last pair, good headway between horses over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved, 4th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Paxos (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in May.
Little Brown Trout 3-1 (9-6) Dwelt wide and headway to chase winner over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 7 1/4l behind Recall The Show (9-7) at Brighton 6f hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Maysong 11-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 8, 9 1/2l behind Wrath Of Hector (9-5) at Southwell 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Company Minx (IRE) 66-1 (8-3) Chased leaders in centre, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, soon behind, last of 9, 15 1/4l behind Edraak (9-2) at Windsor 6f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Global Hope (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 12, 5 3/4l behind Swinging Eddie (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Bezzas Lad (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Salam Ya Faisal (9-3) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Lordsbridge Boy 2-1fav (9-1) Keen led, ridden over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Amathus (9-3) at Salisbury 6f hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Excellent George 17-2 (9-6) Edged left start, mid-division, headway 2f out, went 4th inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Sir Hector (9-4) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.