A tight contest where SOPHIE'S BEAU may turn out to be the most reliable option and he is consequently put up ahead of Petrocelli and Kirsty's Boy although most of the field have claims. Juicy Pear wears a visor as he drops significantly in grade for the first time on just his second turf start with Maoi Chinn Tire another who has done the majority of his racing on the all-weather but he did run well enough in a Chepstow handicap last time to be considered. Richard Hughes is a good replacement for Liam Keniry who, presumably, has opted to partner Kirsty's Boy who picked up three claimers at Lingfield over the winter. Tucker's Law was disappointing in a Lingfield handicap given that he was well drawn and he still has a little to prove on turf as does Moors Gorse who has had just the one start on grass which was inconclusive given that she played up on the way down to the start before failing to land a blow. Petrocelli would have claims on his Beverley run but disappointed at Carlisle and preference is for Sophie's Beau. He has left Brian Meehan since winning and has an extra furlong to cover but should stay and may be able to reward his new connections with an immediate dividend.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 9-2 (8-11) Raced under stands' side rail, tracked leader, tried to hang right from over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear, won at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) gf in May beating Piazza San Pietro (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Juicy Pear (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Steadied start, pulled hard, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 17l behind One Good Emperor (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Soon pushed along and chasing leaders, under pressure halfway, hard driven over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Ghostwing (9-2) at Chepstow 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Kirsty's Boy (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) Mid-division, driven along halfway, kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 12, 4l behind Lady Kent (9-7) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in May.
Tucker's Law 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon no progress and beaten, 9th of 13, 13l behind Tell Halaf (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Baby Judge (IRE) 80-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Sophie's Beau (8-11) at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) gf in May.
Petrocelli 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 15l behind Newbury Street (8-13) at Carlisle 6f 3yo clm (6) gf in May.
Moors Gorse 20-1 (8-4) Steadied start, in rear, edged left over 1f out, no impression, 10th of 12, 13l behind Kingston Acacia (9-4) at Warwick 7f fll hcp (5) gd in May.