BOLD TIE, Evelyn May and Amosite all have some appeal in this lowly opener, and our preference is for the first named. Richard Hannon's colt is joint top weight with Barry Hills' filly and Queen of Thebes, but is lightly raced with this being just his third outing. He won second time out at Windsor as a two year old, and if training on well since that run in October capable of winning on turf here for the first time. This is a slight step down in trip from his previous outings, but that looks to be a positive factor. He's well drawn, as are Evelyn May and Amosite. The former has yet to win on turf, with her sole success coming at Great Leighs, but that was over this trip. She was placed last time out in a better race than this over six furlongs, but the all-weather tracks may bring more success. Amosite may be in the grip of the handicapper after winning two runs back, but the rise in weights proved too much when attempting to follow up. The ability is clearly there, and she should be more than one from 17. We're siding with an improver though, and that's Bold Tie.
Evelyn May (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Led, headed well over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Esprit De Midas (9-3) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Bold Tie 8-1 (9-3) Soon led main group, hung left to centre over 2f out, chased leader 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead final strides, won at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct beating Standpoint (9-3) by hd, 12 ran.
Queen of Thebes (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Started slowly, switched right and held up in rear, headway over 3f out, in touch over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened quickly from 2f out, last of 11, 15l behind Mirrored (9-6) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Amosite 20-1 (9-2) Led and soon clear, ridden and still 5 lengths clear 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Kheylide (8-10) at Newmarket 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Desert Strike 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Affluent (8-13) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Shadow Bay (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Slight lead on rail, headed 4f out, stayed front rank, hard ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Lighthearted (8-12) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Hi Shinko 14-1 (9-0) Went left start, in touch, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, 7l behind Rio Royale (9-1) at Salisbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in May.
Maigh Eo (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden along halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Agent Stone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd in May.
Avrilo 100-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden and held from halfway, 8th of 13, 10l behind White Shift (8-9) at Bath 6f 3yo clm (6) fm in May.