BERE DAVIS has started the season with a couple of placings, and is selected here ahead of Nevada Desert and Moheebb. Although David Evans' gelding has yet to build on his debut success, he's usually involved at the vanguard and looks to have this sort of race within him, albeit he's been costly to follow. Gaining weight all round will be a big help here, given the testing run in. Nevada Desert usually needs a run or two to get going, and this is his first outing since October, but he's got course and distance winning form behind him. Moheebb was fourth in the corresponding race last year, but may want it a little softer. He's had the benefit of a recent run, which could prove decisive. Kevin Ryan does well here, but it would be a surprise if Wigwam Willie got involved. Willie Jarvis' only runner on the card Admiral Dundas has got the ability to win at this level, but hasn't really kicked on following a couple of wins last summer. It's a tricky little affair this, but our support goes with Bere Davis.
Orpen Wide (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Soon behind, lost touch final 3f, last of 12, 18l behind Trumpet Lily (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Major Magpie (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 15l behind Billy Dane (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Exit Smiling 20-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 3f out, one pace until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 8l behind Halicarnassus (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f stks (3) gf in Apr.
Toto Skyllachy 8-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 10l behind Tarkheena Prince (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcap (4) sft in Jun.
Admiral Dundas (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 13l behind Mangham (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, some late progress, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 8l behind Dunn'o (8-11) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Wigwam Willie (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 5l behind Billy Dane (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Nevada Desert (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Soon led, ridden over 2f, headed approaching final furlong, driven and kept on, 2nd of 13, hd behind Dan Chillingworth (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (4) fbs in Oct.
Moheebb (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Just Bond (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Handsome Falcon 8-1 (8-12) Not much room start, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Wovoka (8-8) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Bere Davis (FR) 5-2fav (8-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Wovoka (8-9) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Apr.