Ambitious Icarus appears to be facing a stiff task at the weights in this but the other seven runners all have claims. Jockey bookings appear to indicate that Jeannie Galloway is preferred to stablemate Chookie Avon and she probably needed last month's run at Newcastle. But the consistent HOPES N DREAMS could be ready strike after her latest third at Carlisle as she beat last year's third Barkston Ash over track and trip last season and is better off at the weights now. Roker Park wasn't beaten far in a big field at Chester on Saturday and looks the pick of the remainder.
Bop It 9-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 11th of 16, 9l behind Half A Billion (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Roker Park (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and chased leaders inside final furlong, one pace in closing stages, 5th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Lucky Numbers (9-7) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Barkston Ash 7-1 (8-11) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 6l behind Seeking Magic (9-6) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Chookie Avon 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held towards finish, 2nd of 9, hd behind The Happy Hammer (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Jeannie Galloway (IRE) 11-2 (10-0) Keen tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened final furlong, last of 6, 7l behind Azzurra Du Caprio (10-0) at Newcastle 6f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Rasaman (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Towards rear and outpaced, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Just Like Heaven (8-4) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Hopes N Dreams (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Just Like Heaven (8-4) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Ambitious Icarus 10-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Point North (9-2) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.