Hugo Palmer trained the winner a year ago and will have EXTREMITY primed to follow suit. Twice a winner in just seven starts, which have all been over 7f, he looked in need of further at Sandown last time and looks on a reasonable enough mark. Lesha landed a Haydock handicap but didn't find the necessary improvement from 5lb higher on much softer ground at Newmarket. If the ground firms up he's on the shortlist along with Sheila's Buddy, who made all for a very easy victory at Bath. Skytrain has been gradually dropping in the weights and is back on the same mark as when successful at Newmarket a year ago and though Ogbourne Downs is penalised 6lb for last week's Sandown victory Cam Hardie's claim take care of most of the extra. Showpiece is consistent enough to get involved from his lowly spot in the handicap.
Secret Art (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 13, 6l behind Velox (8-0) at Sandown 1m hcp (2) gf.
Moonday Sun (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Held up, never a factor, 11th of 12, 7l behind Captain Cat (9-5) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Directorship 7-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 2l behind Billingsgate (9-4) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Maverik 16-1 (9-11) In touch, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Billingsgate (9-4) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Ogbourne Downs 5-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, led post, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Jack Of Diamonds (9-4) by shd, 6 ran.
Buckstay (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Broke well, held up, headway over 2f out, switched right 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun beating Musaddas (9-13) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up behind leaders, ridden over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 7th of 9, 8l behind George Cinq (9-9) at Ascot 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Sheila's Buddy 4-1 (9-7) Made all, set good pace and 6 lengths clear after 2f, given breather over 4f out, kicked on and went clear again over 3f out, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Jacob Cats (9-13) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Bountybeamadam 7-1 (9-13) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, held on well, won at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Charlie Wells (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Skytrain 13-2 (9-11) Prominent, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Jacob Black (9-1) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Lesha (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Golden Town (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Argaki (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) In touch, switched left over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression on leaders, 6th of 8, 12l behind Incurs Four Faults (8-0) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Fleckerl (IRE) 5-2 (9-11) Took keen hold, tracked winner, challenged 2f out, every chance until inside final furlong, one pace and lost 2nd final 100 yards, no extra, 3rd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Sonnetation (9-2) at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fm.
Extremity (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Tracked leading pair, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Royal Seal (9-2) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Rakaan (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Slowly away, always in rear, last of 7, 9l behind Lawyer (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Miss Atomic Bomb 15-2 (9-5) Held up in touch, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Felwah (8-13) at Leicester 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Showpiece 6-4fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace, unable to challenge, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Shahdaroba (9-13) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Commissar 14-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear in steadily run race, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, finished well but never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Charles Camoin (9-11) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Sandra's Diamond (IRE) 2-1 (9-13) Tracked winner, driven over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind In Focus (8-11) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Cool Bahamian (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden and headway from 2f out, never able to get on terms, 6th of 10, 5l behind Sea Defence (8-13) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.