Meritocracy was still beaten three lengths when third at Pontefract last week. He's not making any noticeable progress and Touch Paper may improve past him. The latter was no match for stablemate Suite at this track last time but should finish closer in this. PRIMITORIO ran well for long way on his debut in soft ground at Windsor before fading in the closing stages. Ralph Beckett's colt gets the nod on this faster surface with Caesars Gift and Hot Stock hard to fancy in this company.
Caesars Gift (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ran green and edged left over 4f out, pushed along and outpaced halfway, soon weakened, last of 5, 24l behind Lady Frances (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Hot Stock (FR) 14-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 7l behind Vine de Nada (8-13) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Apr.
Meritocracy (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Peniaphobia (9-5) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Primitorio (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Raced on stand's rail, chased leaders, riddden and every chance when hung left off rail over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Anticipated (9-5) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Touch Paper (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Raced wide towards rear, never on terms, 5th of 7, 8l behind Suite (9-0) at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol.