COMMITMENT went close to following up his Pontefract win when finding only Pilgrims Rest too good on his handicap debut at Newbury last time. He finished five lengths clear of the rest of the field and given the winner has subsequently scored again, Luca Cumani's charge is fancied to land this. The progressive Sparkling Portrait is 8lb higher after scoring at Newmarket in testing ground while Ruacana steps up a couple of grades in his bid for a hat-trick having beaten Hallmark Star in April and Scatter Dice last time. The latter is one of five Mark Johnston runners with recent Newmarket runner-up Maastricht preferred to Good Morning Star of that quintet while both Stature and Clayton have plenty of scope for improvement.
Sparkling Portrait 4-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 3f out, led over 1f, ridden and ran on strongly, won at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May beating Deia Sunrise (8-7) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Good Morning Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, soon in touch in 4th, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, last of 6, 14l behind The Fugue (8-12) at York 1m 2f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Clayton 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, effort when not clear run over 2f out, soon edged right, never able to challenge, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Expense Claim (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Ruacana 5-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final to lead close home, won at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Scatter Dice (9-1) by nk, 4 ran.
Silver Blaze 6-1 (9-7) Keen held up on outer, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Prussian (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Commitment 15-2 (9-3) Mid-division in 5th, took closer order over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Pilgrims Rest (8-10) at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Hallmark Star 9-4fav (8-11) Led, hung right entering straight, driven 3f out, soon hard pressed, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Calico Cat (9-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Bordoni (USA) 11-1 (9-7) Close 5th, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off and eased, 10th of 11, 49l behind Rosslyn Castle (9-6) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Stature (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led, soon 4 lengthes clear, hard ridden when strongly challenged from well over 1f out, headed closing stages, kept on gamely, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Valiant (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gs in May.
Maastricht (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) In touch, stayed far side and tracked leader over 8f out, left alone over 5f out, ridden and overall leader over 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 10, nk behind Handsome Man (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Gabrial The Hero (USA) 11-10fav (8-11) Made all, clear over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in May beating Al Mamzar (8-11) by 7l, 9 ran.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 2-1 (9-1) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on, headed close home, 2nd of 4, nk behind Ruacana (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Ukrainian (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 11, 2l behind Arch Villain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Angel Gabrial (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Soon prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Availed Speaker (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.