PREMIERE KRUO comes from a yard in form and gets the vote to land this handicap ahead of Lancaster Lad and Lady Florence. The selection carries bottom weight in what looks like a very competitive race. She caught the eye when finishing third of twelve at Chepstow last time out and gets another chance to run off the same mark here. She is still a maiden after seventeen attempts but if recapturing that same level of form she will be difficult to beat. Lancaster Lad showed improved form when finishing third over course and distance last time out. He was good enough to land back to back races at Bath and Brighton last summer but has now fallen back down the weights after a run of bad form. Knowing he can act around this track and is potentially well treated he therefore warrants plenty of respect. Lady Florence is another maiden who has been running well in defeat at big prices of late. Her latest run at this venue reads well so she should be closely monitored in the betting market. Premiere Krug ticks more boxes than the majority of his rivals and is taken to land this handicap.
Hypnotic 13-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 11, 10l behind Eternal Legacy (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcap (6) gs in Aug.
Batchworth Blaise 14-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, hampered inside final 2f, switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to trouble leaders, 5th of 16, 7l behind Inside Story (9-2) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Prince Valentine 16-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, held up in rear, some headway centre 2f out, 8th of 14, 6l behind Duty Doctor (9-1) at Brighton 1m hcap (6) gs in Oct.
Fairly Honest 33-1 (8-5) Prominent, went second over 4f out until 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 31l behind Heroes (9-5) at Brighton 1m clm stks (6) gd in May.
Wild By Nature 100-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened well over 2f out, 13th of 14, 22l behind Class Is Class (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Lady Florence 28-1 (8-4) Tracked leader until over 5f out, outpaced over 4f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Mountain Cat (9-7) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Isabella's Fancy 28-1 (9-9) Led until 4f out, weakened 2f out and soon eased, 15th of 16, 21l behind Shaded Edge (10-7) at Salisbury 7f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Iguacu 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Cape Melody (10-0) at Chepstow 6f (5) gd.
Lancaster Lad (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway from 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, hanging badly left, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Landucci (9-13) at Brighton 7f sell stks (6) gd.
Hurricane Coast 40-1 (10-9) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 9l behind Botham (10-8) at Hamilton 1m (6) gf in May.
Colombard (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Avontuur (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Clear Hand 33-1 (9-0) Switched left soon after start, in rear, ridden over 4f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 22l behind Brett Vale (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kyle of Bute 18-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 10l behind Volito (8-11) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Jasper Cliff 200-1 (9-1) Led, headed after 2f, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 13, 18l behind Palacefield (9-1) at Chepstow 1m mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Premier Krug (IRE) 40-1 (8-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, hard ridden to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4l behind El Dececy (9-10) at Chepstow 7f sell stks (6) gd.