Lexington Place and Next Door won maiden races at Newcastle and Pontefract respectively last month. The latter had Ayr Missile well behind and makes most appeal of that pair now handicapping. El Mirage is up 5lb for her recent victory at Kempton and should improve on last year's efforts on this surface but a chance is taken on SUMMER DREAM. Marco Botti's filly caught the eye staying on well on her recent reappearance on the all-weather and can finally open her account in this. Extrasolar should also go well and it's worth keeping an eye on the returning Hoofalong on his handicap bow.
El Mirage (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, switched left over 2f out, headway well over 1f out, went 2nd and closed over 1f out, ran on to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr beating Carina Palace (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Summer Dream 6-1 (9-0) Raced wide in mid-division, headway 2f out, driven over 1f out, staying on same pace when edged right towards finish,, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Great Demeanor (9-0) at Kempton 7f 3yo stks 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Extrasolar 4-1 (9-6) Keen in touch in rear, very wide into straight 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 6, 7l behind Purcell (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Reconsider Baby (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 11l behind Waterway Run (9-0) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Megamunch (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Time And Place (8-10) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Hoofalong 7-2 (9-3) Plunged badly and nearly unseated rider leaving stalls, no chance after, 8th of 9, 12l behind Smart Spender (9-3) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Oct.
Lexington Place 8-1 (9-0) Made all, hard ridden and strongly challenged over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 6f mdn stks (5) gs in Apr beating Adam's Ale (9-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Next Door (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to chase leader and edged left over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won at Pontefract 6f mdn fll stks (5) gs in Apr beating Clock Opera (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Ayr Missile 4-1 (9-0) Rearing in stalls, and not well aaway, outpaced towards rear and never a factor, 6th of 9, 16l behind Next Door (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn fll stks (5) gs in Apr.
Unassailable 15-2 (9-3) Went left start, behind, hung left throughout, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 9l behind Stand Of Glory (9-3) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.