Birthday Star can race off the same mark as when successful at Wolverhampton last time and is taken to follow up back on turf at the main expense of Bill Bennett and Pee Jay's Dream. The last mentioned has been the model of consistency but has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper for that and he may be booked for a place at best again. Robbie Can Can has a bit to find with Bill Bennett on their running at Folkestone last time and, while there should not be much to choose between the two on running that day, Jonathan Jay's gelding is taken to confirm the form. My Legal Eagle ran with promise on his return but needs to improve to trouble the judge, while Dawn's Last Shot is less exposed than most and is the type that his trainer excels with so cannot be discounted. Birthday Star has solid claims at the weights though and he gets the vote to follow up his Wolverhampton success.
Golden Boot 20-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 23l behind Reluctant Suitor (8-3) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Bill Bennett (FR) 9-1 (9-2) Always prominent, led well over 1f out, soon hung left, stayed on well, won at Folkestone 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs beating Robbie Can Can (8-4) by 2l, 14 ran.
Dawn's Last Shot (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 6l behind Cool Customer (8-8) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs.
Jolizero 8-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, pulled hard early, lost place well over 3f out, 8th of 14, 14l behind Bill Bennett (9-2) at Folkestone 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs.
Pee Jay's Dream 5-1fav (9-1) Held up, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Liberty Seeker (9-10) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Robbie Can Can 8-1 (8-4) Held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Bill Bennett (9-2) at Folkestone 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs.
Birthday Star (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, driven out, won at W'hampton 1m 4f hcap (6) pol in Mar beating Lady Taverner (8-9) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
My Legal Eagle (IRE) 10-1 (8-0) Held up, kept on under pressure final furlong, never dangerous, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Precious Mystery (9-2) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.