SWORN TIGRESS is the selection ahead of Amazing Blue Sky and Deauville Flyer. George Baker was able to exploit a favourable handicap mark to score on a number of occasions on the all-weather but he has always believed that this horse will get 1m4f. Now is the time for the proof. Amazing Blue Sky is a likeable enough individual. He stays 1m2f well enough and probably will get the extra couple of furlongs if the going stays as it is. Deauville Flyer represents a yard that are saddling winners under both codes so watch out for him in the market. Southern Regent is better known as a hurdler these days but he wouldn't be the first horse that John Quinn has been able to successfully switch. The Oil Magnate returns from a sizeable absence. He looked useful a couple of seasons ago and would be a player if retaining ability. Ian Williams often does well with John Dunlop's castoffs so Dalhaan, who returns from absence, is worthy of note. Plenty of imponderables though Sworn Tigress seems to have least negatives in our analysis.
The Oil Magnate 12-1 (8-12) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, driven to lead near line, won at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp (4) sft in Sep '08 beating Tomintoul Flyer (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Deauville Flyer 3-1fav (8-13) Held up mid-division, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Crocus Rose (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Sworn Tigress (GER) 8-13fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Danderek (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Kames Park (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, effort on inside well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 3l behind Chalice Welcome (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dalhaan (USA) 28-1 (9-5) Always behind, ridden 3f out, no headway and weakened quickly 2f out, last of 16, 33l behind Times Vital (8-10) at Newbury 1m 4f hcap (4) gd in Sep '08.
Southern Regent (IND) 20-1 (8-13) Mid-division, progress 4f out, ridden 2f out, chased winner entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Daaweitza (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Eseej (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 2f out, soon faded, 4th of 8, 7l behind Woody Waller (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp (5) gd.
Amazing Blue Sky 20-1 (8-11) Driven to lead after 1f, headed 4f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 35l behind Rosbay (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Taaresh (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Kidlat (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Haljaferia (UAE) 8-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 11, 27l behind Sherman Mccoy (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.