ST BARTHS very much caught the eye on his introduction at Newbury. He may well have won that day had he not been hampered when beginning his challenge and compensation awaits here. Roman Soldier and Singalat are both capable of improving on promising first efforts while Verbeeck was well backed when third on debut at Bath, though this is a potentially much stronger heat. Bounty Seeker and Telwaar could be interesting newcomers, though the former will probably do better over longer trips later in the year.
Bounty Seeker (USA) A P Indy colt out of Plenty Of Light.
Roman Soldier (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Close up on rail, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Foxtrot India (9-3) at Goodwood 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Singalat 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon close up on outside, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 7, 4l behind Airborne Again (9-3) at Salisbury 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Space Raider (AUS) 100-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, most of way, 9th of 15, 9l behind Wise Venture (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
St Barths 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, staying on but green when not much room and hit by on head rivals whip well inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Wise Venture (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Telwaar Haafhd colt out of Waafiah.
Verbeeck 9-4fav (9-3) Slow into stride, pushed along in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, effort when hung left inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind B Fifty Two (9-3) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) fm in Apr.
Witty Buck 33-1 (9-3) Always outpaced in rear, last of 15, 19l behind Profile Star (9-3) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Apr.
Unforgiving (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and green halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 13l behind Pyman's Theory (9-0) at Leicester 5f 2yo stks (5) gf in Apr.