In a tricky claimer to judge SALTERGATE seems to set the standard based on his narrow reverse at Redcar with Nellie Ellis looking a danger as just one of two in the line-up with winning form which brings into play the other one My Lord. In contention in three of his four starts to date the pick bounced back to form to be collared late on last time out and having beat home one who went on to win off a mark of 77 three starts back he sets a fair standard. Nellie Ellis got her win in one of these races over course and distance two starts back beating one rated 73 which give her a clear chance in this line-up. My Lord scored on debut in a seller but couldn't improve on that next time up while Press Release wasn't held that far off a rating of 66 in handicap company last time so should go close. Forever Vienna showed decent improvement on his second start and should progress again but Saltergate is a decent yardstick and should take this.
Forever Vienna 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Johnny Hancocks (8-11) at Catterick 5f 2yo sll (6) gf.
Red Gold And Green (IRE) One Cool Cat gelding out of Lady Lord.
Saltergate 9-2 (8-9) Close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, hung badly left inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Katell (8-11) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
My Lord 7-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Captain Dimitrios (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo sll (4) gf.
Press Release 5-1 (8-8) Dwelt, soon pressed leaders on outside, ridden upsides winner 2f out, every chance until driven over 1f out, no impression and weakened to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Belle Bayardo (9-7) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol.
Key To The Motion (IRE) 66-1 (8-4) Went left start, took keen hold, held up towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 9, 5l behind Second Encore (8-8) at Nottingham 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf.
Nellie Ellis (IRE) 8-11fav (8-11) Keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon every chance, weakening when short of room inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Silly Billy (8-11) at Leicester 6f 2yo sll (6) gf.
Reel Amber 7-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, faded, 7th of 9, 17l behind Bachelor Knight (9-0) at Ripon 6f 2yo sll (6) gf in May.
Renn Iceman filly out of Ladywell Blaise.
Muse To Use 80-1 (8-3) Led far side group and overall leader, headed halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 8l behind Peppercorn Rent (8-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo sll (6) gd.