ALCALDE made a pleasing comeback at Yarmouth and should relish this longer trip; Hawk Mountain and the in-form Kames Park look the pick of his rivals. Mark Johnston's gelding already has three wins to his name and he held his form well last season. Although he didn't seem to get this trip last year the hope is that he will stay further as he matures and as his dam won over this trip the required stamina should be there. The step back up in trip and the return to quicker ground should suit Kimberley Downs, Hawk Mountain is a strong-stayer who is considered despite looking high enough in the weights, whilst Gordonsville shaped much better at Ripon last time out and is far from ruled out for an in-form yard. Black Jacari has ability and should be monitored for signs of confidence on this first start for a new yard, Kames Park shocked the crowd with a 25/1 win at Beverley last time but is not harshly punished by the handicapper for that facile win, whilst Wicked Daze's good form at the turn of the year came in claiming grade. Proud Times and Prince Picasso are both considered, however in a tricky puzzle it is Alcalde who is preferred.
Alcalde 7-2 (9-3) Set steady pace, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Bugaku (8-8) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Kimberley Downs (USA) 22-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on inside, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 36l behind Trip The Light (8-10) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 9-2 (8-10) Held up towards rear, switched to inside and pushed along 4f out, kept on under pressure until weakened final 1f, 5th of 11, 7l behind Nanton (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep.
Gordonsville 5-1 (8-12) Held up behind, outpaced over 3f out, stayed on under pressure from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 8, 4l behind Dazinski (8-7) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Black Jacari (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) In touch, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, staying on when no clear run on rail 2f out, and soon switched left, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Callisto Moon (9-1) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Kames Park (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Steadied start, waited with in last place, good headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr beating Southern Regent (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Wicked Daze (IRE) 28-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 15l behind My Arch (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Proud Times (USA) 11-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden 3f out, headway and switched right approaching 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, kept on, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 7l behind Royal Trooper (8-8) at Thirsk 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Prince Picasso 12-1 (9-0) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 23l behind My Arch (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Planetarium 100-1 (9-0) Always in rear, 11th of 14, 28l behind My Arch (8-13) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.
Valdan (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on to go 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 4l behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.