No three-year-old has won this in the last 10 years but LIGHTNING CLOUD can buck that trend. Kevin Ryan's grey has won three of his four starts this year, including one over C&D in May, and still looks to be on the upgrade. Big Noise is well treated nowadays but has been well below par so far this season, while The Guru Of Gloom didn't beat much in a Beverley maiden last month. Last Sovereign could be interesting, however, as he was second over C&D on his penultimate outing and met all sorts of trouble in-running when favourite at Catterick 15 days ago.
Big Noise 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Kingscroft (8-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun.
Last Sovereign 5-1fav (9-9) Very slowly away, in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Orpsie Boy (9-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Flameoftheforest (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Upset in stalls, reared start, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 21l behind Watch Amigo (10-0) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 9-2fav (9-7) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, in command final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-85) (3yo) (4) gd beating Majestic Dream (9-10) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Piddie's Power 9-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Ryan Style (9-10) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Cotswold Village (AUS) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway when not much room over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 8l behind Pat's Legacy (9-9) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Led, headed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 15l behind Rough Rock (9-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Planet Waves (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Arabian Star (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
The Guru Of Gloom (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched left over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Beverley 1m 3yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun beating Iulus (9-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.