Saloon has done little wrong this season having not been out of the first three home in any of his five starts this term but a 5lb rise for his latest effort when third behind Silent Applause at Newmarket looks a shade harsh and preference is for HAWK MOUNTAIN, who gets the vote with Ursis rated the pick of the remainder. The selection has, like Saloon, done little wrong this term but probably ran his best race of the campaign when chasing home Nemo Spirit at York earlier this month and he has solid claims off just a 2lb higher mark today. Clive Cox has his team in great form but his runner, Wild Rhubarb, looks too high in the weights now following his success at Warwick last month. Alan Swinbank's Puy d'Arnac has been running well but seems booked for a place at best. Tom Tate's Inspector Clouseau ran better when finding just Toshi too good at Chester earlier this month and he has to be respected on that evidence racing off the same mark today. Ursis has been running really well in recent outings be it on the flat or over hurdles and has not been out of the first two in his last six starts but a 2lb rise makes this more difficult and preference is for Hawk Mountain.
Wicked Daze (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Soon pushed along in mid-division, went 4th over 3f out soon ridden, weakended 2f out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Judgethemoment (9-9) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Wild Rhubarb 11-4 (9-4) Prominent on inside, stayed on to take 3rd over 1f out, not troubled leading pair, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Callisto Moon (8-4) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 7-2 (8-10) Tracked leading pair, ridden over 3f out, driven to challenge and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Nemo Spirit (9-8) at York 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Saloon (USA) 9-4 (9-4) Steadied start, held up in rear in steadily run race, ridden over 1f out, headway entering final furlong, soon hung left, too much to do, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Silent Applause (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Ursis (FR) 6-1 (8-11) Mid-division, led 4f out, headed over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Gifted Leader (9-4) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Puy d'Arnac (FR) 5-1 (9-7) Held up, headway over 4f out, went 4th over 3f out, no impression, 4th of 10, 33l behind Tyrrells Wood (9-7) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Inspector Clouseau (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Led, headed well over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 12, hd behind Toshi (9-7) at Chester 1m 4f (5) gf.