SOLEMN can regain the winning thread at the main expense of Matterofact and Stamford Blue. The selection ticks plenty of boxes as he arrives here in good form and he is proven on a soft surface. He lost no caste in defeat behind Greek Secret last time and a reproduction of that effort may well suffice here. Matterofact still looks to be on a competitive mark on the evidence of her run at Bath last week when she chased home Desperate Dan. She will go on the ground and she should not be far away. Trainer Ron Harris is in good form so Stamford Blue is also worth considering as he is back racing off a very attractive mark. Cape Royal is another back on a competitive mark and he was only narrowly behind Matterofact when last seen out. This is a trappy affair to close the card and narrow preference is for Solemn.
Cape Royal 18-1 (9-3) Prominent, led over 3f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Desperate Dan (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Matterofact (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Held up, headway when switched left well over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Desperate Dan (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Stamford Blue 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, driven to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd beating Cativo Cavallino (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Digital 20-1 (9-6) Behind far side group, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Russian Rocket (9-1) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Solemn 5-2fav (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Greek Secret (8-11) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Rockfield Lodge (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Pulled hard and prominent, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Caribbean Coral (9-10) at Brighton 6f sell stks (6) gf in Jun.
My Best Man 2-1fav (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Aine's Delight (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Reigning Monarch (USA) 25-1 (8-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, ran on to take 3rd entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Sister Clement (8-10) at Newbury 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.