This looks an open contest though Copper And Five is raised 6lb for winning at Doncaster and Six Strings failed to land the hat-trick when beaten at Carlisle earlier this week and again carries a penalty. Forest Falcon is preferred to Ilza'eem dropping back down in class while Star Shield found only one too good at Leicester and new stablemate Safran is a winner in France. LIBERATED LADY found life tough in the Fred Darling at Newbury on her reappearance but this should prove more her level and improvement is expected from Hugo Palmer’s filly now handicapping.
Safran (FR) (9-6) 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Spiorad (9-2) at Lyon-Parilly 1m stks in May.
Forest Falcon (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Prominent, pushed along and lost place 3f out, last of 6, 11 1/2l behind Crossford (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp (2) gf in May.
Al Erayg (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Slightly worse than midfield, pushed 4f out, ridden before 2f out, made no impression, 7th of 9, 12 3/4l behind Poet's Lady (9-1) at Beverley 1m hcp (4) sft in May.
Ilza'eem (FR) 6-1 (9-10) Held up off the pace in 5th, headway over 2f out, went 2nd edging left 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Siam Fox (9-1) at Nottingham 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Copper And Five 9-2 (8-9) Chased leader, travelled well into lead 3f out, joined 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun beating Hundred Isles (9-4) by 1l, 8 ran.
Titan Rock 3-1 (9-4) Tracked winner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Thunder Of Niagara (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Six Strings 11-8fav (9-8) Prominent, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Arranmore (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Star Shield 10-1 (9-7) Close up, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Declared Interest (9-7) at Leicester 1m hcp (4) gd in May.
Liberated Lady (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced keenly in mid-division far side of group, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 17, 8 1/4l behind Alcohol Free (9-0) at Newbury 7f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gd in Apr.