SCRIBE is holding his form well and looks the safest bet. He's chasing a hat-trick after a couple of victories at Wolverhampton and is just preferred to Knox Overstreet. The latter's penalty for winning at Chepstow last Friday is negated by an apprentice's claim and another bold bid is expected. Arashi scored over 1m4f here in March and attempts this longer trip for the first time while Russian George is quite capable of winning at this level but is too unreliable to have much confidence in.
Russian George (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, last of 7, 17l behind Beat Route (9-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Vimiero (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, close up 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 9l behind Thecornishcockney (10-2) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Scribe (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Close up, lost place 6f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr beating Mr Plod (8-11) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Kalamill (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 11, 30l behind Kazbow (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Knox Overstreet 3-1fav (9-7) Held up in last pair, smooth headway to 3rd over 3f out, went 2nd travelling well over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Vertueux (9-0) by 3l, 6 ran.
Arashi 7-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up in touch in 5th, progress travelling well on inside 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led approoaching final 2f, driven and stayed on well final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Mount Abora (9-7) by 1l, 8 ran.
Blackstone Vegas 11-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced and struggling, 7th of 8, 11l behind Hallstatt (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.