Plenty of recent winners on show and ZAITSEV makes most appeal of those. Ollie Pears' charge carries a penalty for a three-length victory in a higher grade handicap at Ripon last week but is taken to go in again with further progress likely. London Bridge and Tajheez scored in lesser company on their latest starts but are also open to improvement and should figure, but Baltic Prince is unproven over today's trip having won over 7f at Carlisle recently. Soft ground may have been an excuse for Astrum last time though he's 5lb higher than his earlier win at Warwick while Rex Whistler can also be given a chance in a competitive affair.
London Bridge (USA) 3-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, effort and ridden in centre over 1f out, led inside final furlong, won going away, won at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm beating Spieta (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Tajheez (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Took keen hold early and soon settled in mid-divison, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, led over 1f out, soon hung right, ridden clear, won at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May beating Mad About Harry (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Three Glasses (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Defendant (9-3) at Beverley 7f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Bahamamay 9-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon one pace, 6th of 12, 9l behind Continental Divide (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Zaitsev (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Special Meaning (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Glenreef 100-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 11, 22l behind Elik (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in May.
Rex Whistler (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on without troubling front pair, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Naaz (8-11) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Baltic Prince (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Gold Beau (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Astrum 3-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Special Meaning (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Hot Right Now 20-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Tajheez (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Marlborough House 50-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 15l behind String Theory (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Ella Motiva (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 14, 16l behind War Lord (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Noble Bacchus (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 18l behind Man From Seville (9-1) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Erica Starprincess 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place after 2f, struggling 3f out, 11th of 16, 12l behind Darkside (9-1) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.