Veneer has decent claims and is the pick over Spy Gun, Tommytyler and Kirkhammerton. Veneer is not in the same form as he was 12 months ago, but has dropped to a very favourable mark, being over 20lb lower in the ratings. There has been cause for encouragement on his last two visits here, the latest just six days ago when third to Shrine Mountain. He is taken to get back to winning ways at the expense of Spy Gun who has been very consistent in defeat but whose effort always seems to peter out when it matters most. Tommytyler normally finds one too good as well, but it would be no surprise if he were placed at least, while Kirkhammerton is not sure to be suited by the drop back in trip today. Veneer can make the most of his current mark.
Fit To Fly (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Soon behind, headway when not much room over 2f out, ridden and stayed on approaching final furlong, 4th of 16, 10l behind Up Tempo (9-11) at Newcastle 7f app clm (6) gf.
Kirkhammerton (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Chater Knight (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 4f app sll (6) pol in Apr.
Ming Vase 12-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 6th of 13, 3l behind Musical Gift (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f banded stk (7) pol in Apr.
Parisian Playboy 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 21l behind Boogie Magic (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f banded stk (7) pol.
Spy Gun (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division and keen, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 1l behind Miss Glory Be (8-12) at W'hampton 1m 1f banded stk (7) pol in Apr.
Tantien 22-1 (8-7) Chased leaders over 4f out, 12th of 15, 14l behind Able Charlie (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo sll (6) gd in Sept.
Tommytyler (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 17l behind Gala Sunday (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f banded stk (7) pol.
Veneer (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led briefly 3f out, soon headed, stayed on same pace and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Shrine Mountain (9-10) at Southwell 1m sll (6) fbs.