Riverboat Springs was highly tried last year after winning his maiden at Bath. Braidley enjoyed a good first season, winning at Catterick and Doncaster. He was also second over this trip at Newcastle while Epsom scorer Chatez still looks to be on the upgrade and Showpiece should be winning again soon and looks better treated than Red Stargazer. Both Matalleb and ACTIVE SPIRIT won on debut last month. The former may have landed the stronger maiden but the latter was visually impressive at Pontefract and could be one to follow - the Godolphin gelding gets the nod.
Stormardal (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and weakened entering final 3f, last of 10, well behind True Story (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Apr.
Riverboat Springs (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Lady Heidi (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 2yo lst stk (1) hvy in Oct.
Red Stargazer (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Close up in rear, pushed along 2f out, stayed on towards finish, never a factor, 4th of 6, 8l behind Muteela (8-7) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Braidley (IRE) 10-3fav (9-7) Pushed along behind, headway over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Latenightrequest (8-2) at Ayr 1m 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Matalleb (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) gd in Apr beating Mutakayyef (9-5) by hd, 15 ran.
Active Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) In rear and outpaced, soon pushed along, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, soon clear, won at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr beating Naggers (9-0) by 5l, 11 ran.
Chatez (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Raced wide towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr beating Beach Bar (9-7) by 2l, 10 ran.
Showpiece 6-4fav (9-3) Raced stand side tracked leader, ridden 2f out, effort to chase winner approaching final furlong soon edged left, no impression, no threat to winner, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Basil Berry (8-5) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Apr.
Rising Breeze (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 14l behind Rudi Five One (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.