Pastoral Prey had Amelia Jay well behind when runner-up on fast ground over C&D last time, though Gold Beau also finished second in a faster-run race over track and trip last week and the latter makes more appeal on that basis. RED JOKER doesn't look far behind after finding only one too good on his racecourse debut at Newcastle and may improve past that pair with normal progress. He gets the nod ahead of another likely improver in Red Paladin, fifth in a better race at York last month.
Red Paladin (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 13, 11l behind Funk Soul Brother (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in May.
Red Joker (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) In touch in mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched right well over 1f out, soon pressing winner, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Silent Footsteps (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.
Gold Beau (FR) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, effort to chase winner just inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Steer By The Stars (8-12) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Ishigunnaeatit 9-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden halfway, never on terms, 7th of 9, 9l behind Ishi Honest (9-0) at Nottingham 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) sft in May.
Pastoral Prey 17-2 (8-9) In touch, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, always held, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Mandy Layla (8-10) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.
Amelia Jay 200-1 (8-4) Dwelt, reminders in rear, soon detached and struggling, 7th of 8, 14l behind Mandy Layla (8-10) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.