George Baker has got his act together of late, notching back-to-back wins in apprentice races at Nottingham and Salisbury earlier this month. The latter was achieved under a penalty but George Baker's four-year-old has a further 7lb to carry here which may prove his undoing. Dhhamaan seeks to build on an unexpected return to form at Thirsk off a 5lb higher mark, while El Libertador finally lost his maiden tag at Wolverhampton last month. Jamie Spencer's mount needs more to follow up here, however. MOUNTRATH has never won on turf but has gone close on several occasions and is well treated on his best form. This drop in distance is a slight concern but he seems sure to run well. Chambers is also nicely handicapped now and can't be ignored.
George Baker (IRE) 11-8fav (8-9) Tracked leaders, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, came clear final furlong, easily, won at Salisbury 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Come On Safari (9-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Cuthbert (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Chased leader, driven to challenge over 1f out, stayed upsides until weakened towards finish, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Peadar Miguel (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Scottish Glen 4-1fav (9-4) Mid-division, switched to outer over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly to lead final strides, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (5) pol in Nov beating Chilli Green (9-4) by nk, 14 ran.
Copperwood 17-2 (9-0) Rider late removing blindfold, held up in rear, hampered bend over 2f out, no impression, last of 9, 24l behind April Fool (9-3) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Raced stands' side, behind, ridden and no response over 2f out, 11th of 16, 11l behind River Falcon (9-5) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
George Thisby 25-1 (9-4) Behind, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, never a factor, 10th of 11, 34l behind Song To The Moon (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Mountrath 14-1 (9-4) Stumbled start, led, hard driven well over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed closing stages, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Addikt (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sairaam (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Raced alone stand' side, overall leader until ridden and hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 13l behind Watch Chain (8-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Mount Hollow 11-2 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Copperwood (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
El Libertador (USA) 11-4fav (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway and switched left over 1f out, kept on to lead final 100 yards, pushed out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Crocodile Bay (8-7) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Hip Hip Hooray 25-1 (8-9) Stumbled start, slowly into stride, headway halfway, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind Watch Chain (8-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Soon crossed over from wide draw to lead, pushed clear 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Thirsk 7f hcp (6) gd beating Silly Gilly (8-11) by hd, 13 ran.
Be Amazing (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Towards rear, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 10l behind Twinkled (8-6) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Chambers (IRE) 28-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, went 3rd over 3f out until weakened quickly over 1f out, 16th of 18, 27l behind Fazza (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.