The William Haggas-trained UP AT LAST probably did not beat a great deal when landing a 17 runner handicap at Chepstow earlier this month but that was his first start in the grade and he won with plenty in hand so is taken to defy the 8lb rise for that victory. Michael Dods has his string in better form now so Mottley Crewe has to be considered but he seems a shade high in the weights having been raised 5lb since being beaten into third at Newcastle last time. Peter Monteith's Monte Mayor One has been running creditably of late and makes more appeal than Mick Channon's Vilnius, who is proving to be hard to win with. Ayr winner Ya Boy Sir would have claims if the rain arrived but a better bet looks to be Up At Last.
Mottley Crewe 15-8fav (8-10) Chased leader, outpaced halfway, stayed on well inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Jack Luey (9-2) at Newcastle 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Ya Boy Sir (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 5l behind Rio's Girl (8-5) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Monte Mayor One 5-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Music Festival (8-6) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Up At Last 8-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Bathwick Xaara (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 17 ran.
Vilnius 5-1 (8-13) Went right start, towards rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, stayed on well towards finish, not able to reach winner, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Annia Galeria (8-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Reach For The Sky (IRE) 33-1 (7-9) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Music Festival (8-6) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Maragna (IRE) 14-1 (7-9) Slowly into stride, switched right soon after start, in rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 15l behind Galatian (9-4) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.