LIGHTHEARTED appears to have been allotted a fair mark and is put forwards ahead of Rublevka Star and Jordaura. Clive Cox's charge didn't excel in two runs in Italy for her previous connections but she was a highly encouraging second to Dune's Queen on her British debut and doesn't look too badly treated on that evidence. Jeremy Noseda landed a touch at this track over Easter weekend and the market must be monitored closely in respect to the chances of Rublevka Star. She won her maiden in a decent time having shown promise on debut and must be feared. Walter Swinburn has also scored with a nice three year-old at this track this season and Jordaura could be of interest having been backed into favouritism on his final start at two. He finished strongly on that occasion and appeals as the type to progress this season. Song Of Praise and True Decision are respected but will find life tougher as some less exposed horses enter the fray and we'll take a chance with Lighthearted.
Song of Praise 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, good headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on and held on well under pressure towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar beating Riflessione (9-1) by ns, 9 ran.
Jordaura 3-1fav (9-3) Dwelt, soon mid-division, headway and stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no trouble 1st 2, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Sunniva Duke (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
Hit The Switch 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Princess Cagliari (9-3) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.
True Decision 9-4 (8-5) Keen, raced wide, held up in touch, pushed along and headway approaching 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on, won at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar beating Oskari (9-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Rublevka Star (USA) 7-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, every chance from over 1f out, hard ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Great Leighs 5f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct beating Bees River (8-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Lighthearted (FR) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, chased winner final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Dunes Queen (8-12) at Kempton 6f 3yo mdn stks (4) pol in Mar.
Lagan Handout 15-8fav (8-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Missy Que (8-6) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo sll stks (6) gd in May.
Mr Snowballs 18-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 16, 6l behind Dustry (8-11) at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Sep.
Straitjacket 16-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 24l behind Zaaqya (8-10) at Pontefract 1m 2yo fll hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Tightrope (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Led after 1f, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 9l behind Anacreon (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.