PILGRIMS REST returned from a seven-month break to land what may well prove to be have been a very decent Newbury handicap this month. He's up 9lb for that impressive success but sets a fair standard here and looks the one to beat. District Attorney has shown plenty of promise in maiden company and looks on a workable mark for his handicap bow for an in-form yard, while Touch Gold also needs to be taken seriously on his first venture in handicaps as he went very well for a long way on his Newbury reappearance, will appreciate this better ground and still holds an entry in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Pilgrims Rest (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left, held on well towards finish, won at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Commitment (9-3) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Touch Gold (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Raced wide, led, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd, inside final 2f, no impression on leading duo, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 10l behind Minimise Risk (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo mdn (4) sft in Apr.
Long Lost Love 12-1 (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Tigers Tale (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
District Attorney (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Hurricane In Dubai (9-0) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Brockwell 4-1fav (9-5) Close up, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced 2f out, rallied and ran on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 1 1/4l behind Forget Me Not Lane (9-1) at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.