Jewelled Dagger is a winner without a penalty having landed an apprentice race here a week ago. He should be thereabouts again despite today's shorter trip, but the vote goes to FOCAIL MAITH. He makes a quick reappearance after finishing second at Newmarket on Friday and finally looks set to take advantage of a slide down the weights. Grand Diamond has claims on his placed efforts in better company but is not the most consistent, while today's longer trip could prove a problem for Hits Only Jude and recent Hamilton third Royal Straight could prove a bigger threat.
Persian Peril 7-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 4f out, outpaced by front pair over 1f out, edged right and stayed on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Hit The Switch (8-5) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jun.
Dar Es Salaam 22-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 5f out, no headway, 13th of 18, 36l behind French Hollow (8-9) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Stags Leap (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 8l behind Munsarim (9-7) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Never better than mid-division, 11th of 18, 11l behind Barren Brook (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Royal Straight 7-1 (9-6) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Hits Only Jude (9-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Hits Only Jude (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Prominent, led 4f out, edged right, bumped and headed well over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3l behind Master Leon (8-12) at Hamilton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Made all, shaken up to go clear approaching final furlong, kept on well, won at Ayr 1m 5f app hcp (6) gf beating Terenzium (9-4) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Free Art 8-1 (9-7) Always in rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 20l behind Ingleby Exceed (8-11) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Focail Maith 12-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway and switched left approaching final furlong, driven and stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Proud Chieftain (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Grethel (IRE) 28-1 (8-3) Dwelt held up, headway over 2f out, effort when edged left inside final furlong, driven and ran on near finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Spavento (9-4) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Sheedal (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, soon dropped into mid-division on outer, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 9l behind Drive Home (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.