Last-year's second CAPTAIN DUNNE has been aimed at this race once again and can go one place better; the rather long list of dangers includes Bertoliver, Rocket Rob, Fathom Five and also last-year's winner Indian Trail. Tim Easterby's gelding has been in good form since the turn of the year, with runs priming him for this assignment. He is 5lb higher in the weights and a middle draw may not be ideal but with (the ox) Jimmy Fortune in the saddle he will get every encouragement to hold on when he is gasping for air late on. The weights are headed by Masta Plasta, one of five Dandy Nicholls runners in the contest. His recent Beverley second looks strong, whilst Indian Trail needs tons of luck in running and things may not pan out as well as they did a year ago. Moorhouse Lad is classy and not ignored off a mark of 97 with Jim Crowley booked, Oldjoesaid caught the eye last time and hasn't been with Kevin Ryan for long, whilst Jaconet is a wonderful mare but this looks a tough assignment. Glamorous Spirit looks nicely-handicapped on this return to the turf, Hawkeyethenoo is progressive but might just be run off his feet, whilst Fathom Five holds several of these on his win here in April. Bertoliver is quick on his day and he looks a fairly-handicapped horse off bottom-weight however course form counts for plenty here and so we are happy to salute Captain Dunne.
Masta Plasta (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Led, ridden entering final furlong, soon headed, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Look Busy (8-7) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (2) gf in May.
Judge 'n Jury 14-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden to chase leader 2f out, until inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Johannes (9-3) at York 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Broke well, led 1f, tracked leader, squeezed through and effort 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Fol Hollow (8-12) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Moorhouse Lad 11-8fav (8-12) Made all, strongly challenged from over 1f out, edged right under pressure, kept on gamely, won at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gd in Apr beating Striking Spirit (8-12) by hd, 5 ran.
Strike Up The Band 33-1 (8-13) Mid-division ridden and outpaced over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 6l behind Masamah (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Le Toreador 16-1 (9-3) With leaders, ridden and edged right from over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 8l behind Johannes (9-3) at York 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Fathom Five (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Close up on outside, challenged over 1f out, ridden and ran on to lead final 100 yards, kept on well, won at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr beating Rocket Rob (8-8) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Oldjoesaid 12-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Ingleby Lady (8-8) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Jaconet (USA) 2-1fav (8-11) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and outpaced 2f out, staying on same pace when carried left over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Fol Hollow (8-12) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Hoh Hoh Hoh 8-1 (9-1) Bumped start, soon close up behind leaders, not clear run from inside final 2f, eased final furlong, not recover, last of 9, 15l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Glamorous Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Broke smartly, keen led, ridden 2f out, caught final strides, 2nd of 10, shd behind Arganil (9-3) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 8-1 (8-11) Led, headed halfway, remained prominent, weakened 1f out, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Tiddliwinks (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Mar.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 10-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and switched left to stand side rail over 1f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs in May beating Enact (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 23 ran.
City Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, headway and switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3l behind Five Star Junior (9-7) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Safari Mischief 50-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 6l behind Medicean Man (8-12) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Indian Trail 14-1 (8-3) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-1) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 4-1fav (8-8) Behind, headway and switched out over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd last stride, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Crimea (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 22l behind Novellen Lad (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Bertoliver 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, outpaced when switched left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 8l behind Sirenuse (8-12) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.