MASTER RAJEEM was withdrawn from a similar race at Sedgefield on Friday to come here instead. He ran well under a penalty last time, well ahead of Berkeley Avenue, after making a winning debut and the booking of McCoy increases confidence. Gentleman Jon scraped home at Fontwell on his introduction but this looks a better race and he now has a penalty to contend with. Uisge Beatha was only beaten a neck at Newcastle on debut and has to go on the short-list while Rev Up Ruby was third at Musselburgh in January. Beaujolais should improve on his Doncaster fourth and looks the pick of the remainder.
Gentleman Jon 5-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, steady headway 7f out, chased leaders 5f out, chased winner 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, held on, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating Hawaii Five Nil (11-11) by nk, 10 ran.
Master Rajeem (USA) 13-8fav (10-10) Tracked leader until ridden 4f out, tracked leaders, driven inside final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Izzini (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Beaujolais (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out until 2f out, chased leading pair, no impression when lost 3rd close home, 4th of 7, 11l behind Avidity (10-3) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Hampsfell Distant Music gelding out of Schatzi.
Uisge Beatha (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, challenged over 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held near finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-7) at Newcastle 2m mdn nhf (6) sft in Mar.
Berkeley Avenue 11-4 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 6f out until ridden 4f out, one pace and no impression final 2f, weakened to 4th in closing stages, 4th of 7, 24l behind Master Rajeem (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Beyondtemptation And Beyond mare out of Tempted.
Dorset Dora 40-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, ridden over 1f out, weakened last 150 yards, 5th of 15, 14l behind Green Flag (11-4) at Hexham 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Mar '12.
Rev Up Ruby 5-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Alphabetical Order (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) sft in Jan.