Rocktherunway landed the odds as expected in a maiden at Newcastle last time but is 7lb higher than when placed in a couple of handicaps earlier this year. SPIRIT OF THE LAW has done nothing but improve since August winning three times in the process. Dropping back down a grade after a second at Nottingham last time, he's fancied to go in again over a longer trip that should suit. Rayvin Black appreciated the step up to today's distance at York last month as he finished a close-up third with Priestley's Reward and Choisan behind while Rei D'Oro also ran well on his handicap debut at Chepstow. Recent winners Party Line and Cades Reef step up in class but it would be no surprise to see a better effort from Aleksandar.
Rocktherunway (IRE) 2-7fav (9-0) Made all, shaken up and clear over 2f out, eased towards finish, won at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) sft in May beating Gangsterbanksters (9-3) by 31l, 3 ran.
Spirit Of The Law (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Dwelt held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway entering final 3f, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon hung left, headed towards rear, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Last Shadow (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Rayvin Black 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Estedaama (9-4) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Rei D'oro (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Last to break, held up, went 3rd 9f out, closed over 4f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, one pace entering final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Ruacana (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Priestley's Reward (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Estedaama (9-4) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Choisan (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Awkward start, held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, effort over 2f out, never on terms, stayed on one pace, 6th of 11, 6l behind Estedaama (9-4) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Moon Trip 8-1 (9-4) Led and disputed until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 17l behind Ruacana (9-6) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Queen's Estate (GER) 10-1 (8-7) Led, headed over 1f out, one pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Suraj (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
Party Line 9-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, led 2f out, soon ridden and pressed, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May beating Minnie Diva (9-0) by shd, 10 ran.
Cades Reef (IRE) 2-13fav (8-12) Chased leaders, progress on outside 3f out, led over 2f out, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in May beating Silver Six (8-12) by 2l, 6 ran.
Torero 16-1 (9-4) Keen tracked leader, led 8f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace and lost two places near finish, 5th of 9, 2l behind Bridgehampton (8-8) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead narrowly entering final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Singalat (9-7) at Chester 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Fisher 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 7th of 14, 5l behind Watheeq (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Aleksandar 3-1fav (9-7) Switched left after start, held up in 6th, pushed along and headway on outside 4f out, went 2nd 3f out, chased winner 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Zain Princess (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.