RITA'S BOY has the form in the book with a second at Southwell. He's preferred to Billyoakes and gets the vote despite what looks a strong challenge from newcomers representing powerful northern yards. Kevin Ryan has a good recent record in this and Robben's pedigree is packed with speed while the Fahey stable won last year's renewal so Millgate could also figure. Denzille Lane cost 110,000gns as a yearling and is another to note while Spend A Penny was purchased for £180,000 at last month's sales in Ireland.
Billyoakes (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 6l behind Elite Gardens (9-0) at Newmarket 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Rita's Boy (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Very slowly away in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Midterm Break (9-5) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Apr.
Denzille Lane (IRE) Iffraaj colt out of Alexander Youth.
Millgate Equiano colt out of Milly-m.
Robben Dutch Art colt out of Little Greenbird.
Spend A Penny (IRE) Acclamation colt out of Coachhouse Lady.
Just The Tip (IRE) Kodiac filly out of Annus Iucundus.