DESERT STRIKE has been running consistently well all season and is given the vote to land himself in the winners enclosure once again, while Mattamia and Tagula Breeze are both worth noting. The selections last win came on the all weather at Great Leighs back in January. He then had a winter break before his reappearance in May. He caught the eye on his latest start at Folkestone running into second spot behind Hi Shinko. He still looks potentially well handicapped and if he can reproduce his recent form he will take all the beating. Mattamia broke his maiden tag at Nottingham on his seasonal reappearance in April and ran second off a pound lower mark at Windsor last time out. He still looks like an improving sort so any market moves should be noted. Tagual Breeze has run well on a number of occasions without getting his head in front. He carries top weight which will make life tough and the handicapper may have him where he wants him for the time being. Desert Strike on the other hand looks well treated and takes preference.
Tagula Breeze (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) In rear, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Mabait (8-13) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Mattamia (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway approaching 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, hung left, kept pressing winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Captain Carey (9-3) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Desert Strike 3-1fav (9-6) Chased winner, going well and looked dangerous 1f out, hard driven final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Hi Shinko (9-0) at Folkestone 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Red Rosanna 11-2 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Toy Top (8-11) at Thirsk 5f (5) fm.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, stayed on under pressure towards finish, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Pure Rhythm (8-12) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left and one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Crimea (9-3) at Thirsk 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Nativity 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 9, 13l behind Baby Queen (8-11) at Bath 5f fll hcp (5) fm.