A good run from Join Up in the previous race would boost confidence in BYRD IN HAND as the latter finished ahead of him when third over track and trip last time. John Bridger's charge should have come on for the outing and is taken to confirm running with Querido in the process of landing this. Ymir is capable of going close at this level but hasn't raced for over a year and Chandrayaan is preferred on his latest second over 7f here with Fault behind. Emerald Royal continues to run well but is still 5lb higher than his victory at Kempton in February and looks set to find at least one too good again.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Dwelt, chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Prohibition (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Querido (GER) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon on pace, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Prohibition (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Ymir 6-1 (8-13) Broke smartly soon with leader, led over 3f out, 2 lengths clear 2f out, driven and hung right final furlong, caught post, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Guildenstern (8-8) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar '11.
Curlew (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Pulled hard, headway to chase leader after 2f, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 37l behind Isdaal (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Josie's Dream (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) In touch, pushed along over 4f out, ridden halfway, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 6, 12l behind Colour Guard (9-13) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.
Mac Tiernan (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Always in rear, last of 10, 14l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Belle Noverre (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride and towards rear, ridden and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 11, 8l behind Matjar (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Kucharova (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Led, hard ridden and headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Saucy Buck (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Fault 17-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 8l behind Nadeen (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Emerald Royal 9-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, not reached leading pair, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Toymaker (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Chandrayaan 7-2 (8-4) Mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, ran on to chase winner inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Spin Again (9-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Danceyourselfdizzy (IRE) 28-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 5l behind Odd Ball (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.