Bordoni has decent claims as he's the highest rated and went close to following up his maiden win when runner-up at Kempton a fortnight ago. However, ED DE GAS scored at Wolverhampton on his recent handicap debut and Rae Guest's colt is fancied to find further improvement here to keep his unbeaten record intact. Naseem Alyasmeen scored in soft ground at Nottingham on Saturday and is looking to extend Mick Channon's incredible record in this contest of five wins in the last six renewals, although he has no easy task on today's terms, while Southwell winner Pelican Rock is another up against it at the weights unless the testing ground levels things out. Actor is easily ignored having shown nothing so far.
Bordoni (USA) 7-4fav (9-7) Tracked winner, ridden and effort 2f out, switched right 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Theturnofthesun (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Actor (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Dwelt, behind, weakened from 4f out, 12th of 14, 48l behind Cameron Highland (8-11) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gs.
Ed De Gas 5-2 (9-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, headway over 1f out, soon switched left, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Koko Loca (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Pelican Rock (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, led 5f out, clear over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra near finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Smart Affair (8-7) at Southwell 1m 3yo sell stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Naseem Alyasmeen (IRE) 10-3 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, effort between horses insided final furlong, driven to lead near finish, won at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft beating Miss Cato (9-10) by 3/4l, 10 ran.