MAYSON should have little trouble in taking care of a modest bunch, with Crimson Knot taken to fill the forecast spot. Richard Fahey's late foal has a pedigree containing plenty of speed and made an eye-catching debut when second at York. He's probably going to prove more effective over six furlongs but the stiff finish here negates any trip concerns and he simply looks a cut above of the opposition here. Crimson Knot is clearly no star but she may be able to grab her third straight second. Her effort when five lengths behind Excel Bolt reads well and whilst it was only a seller she was beaten in last time her effort was still commendable, and like our selection this stiff finish should open the door to further improvement. Countrywide Flame shaped as though the run was needed at Haydock and the winner looked smart that day so he can leave that run behind, whilst Glitter Bug needs to do likewise to figure having shown little to date. He was prominent in the betting ahead of his debut but disappointed and this drop in distance wouldn't be an obvious move on breeding. Roman Ruler has been sent off big prices and has ran accordingly so far and Baby Driver finished last of 12 on debut and needs to find leagues of improvement, so this really does look set to provide a clear opening for Mayson, who should be odds-on.
Baby Driver 14-1 (9-3) Chased leaders to over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 20l behind Waltz Darling (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Countrywide Flame 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Ballista (9-3) at Haydock 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in May.
Glitter Bug (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Led narrowly, headed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 27l behind Dr Noverre (9-3) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Mayson 13-2 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, held near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Imperialistic Diva (8-12) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Roman Ruler (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, soon well beaten, 11th of 16, 14l behind Bay Of Fires (8-12) at Redcar 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Crimson Knot (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, not much room against stands side rail and lost place after 1f, switched right and headway over 1f out, chased winner final furlong, ran on, no impression, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Madam Markievicz (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo sll (4) gd.