Kevin Ryan's string is operating at a lower than normal strike rate so far this term but the yard has found form of late, as indicated by two big handicap successes at Royal Ascot last week. HOPES N DREAMS can maintain that improvement here under optimum conditions and follow up a recent course success. Brian Toomey's claim offsets the 3lb rise for that victory. Sir Pedro had shown little since making a winning juvenile debut but suddenly found his form last time in a typically competitive York sprint. He must be on the premises if repeating that level for the in-form Charles Hills. Barkston Ash should run his race as usual off top weight but the combination of a 6lb penalty and a rise in class may be enough to prevent Sunraider supplementing recent gains. Bonnie Charlie may be best of the rest.
Barkston Ash 7-2 (9-1) Dwelt, pushed along to chase leaders, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Hopes N Dreams (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Hopes N Dreams (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Barkston Ash (9-1) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sir Pedro 20-1 (9-6) Reared start, pulled hard in rear, good headway near side under pressure over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, not reach winner, 2nd of 18, nk behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Bonnie Charlie 10-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, chased leaders and edged left over 1f out, stayed on well in closing stages, not quite get up, 4th of 18, 1/2l behind Noverre To Go (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Sunraider (IRE) 7-2 (9-11) In touch in rear, pushed along 2f out, effort when short of room approaching final furlong, switched left inside final furlong, quickened between horses to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Majestic Dream (10-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Flexible Flyer 11-8fav (9-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, travelling well approaching final 2f, ridden and no impression over 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Restaurateur (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Economic Crisis (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Raced far side always towards rear, last of 13, 16l behind Rusty Rocket (9-9) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Jinky 25-1 (8-11) Dwelt, mid-division, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 11, 2 1/4l behind The Nifty Fox (9-0) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Art Dzeko 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Secret Advice (8-4) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Fol Hollow (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leading pair, outpaced 2f out, soon lost place and ridden, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, just failed for 3rd, 4th of 9, 2l behind Ypres (9-4) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Findog 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leading trio, not clear run and short of room from over 1f out, soon forced way through, ridden and unable to quicken inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Sunraider (9-11) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Bassett Road (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) In touch, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Chester Aristocrat (9-7) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.