Joshua The First was winning his first race in 14 starts when scoring over C&D last month. He'll need to improve again off a higher mark to confirm superiority with runner-up Alkadi, though Daddy Warbucks finished six lengths behind and may struggle again. La Salida made a winning debut at Hamilton last June and may figure stepping up a furlong while HALF A BILLION also tries 7f for the first time. He's been in winning form at Southwell recently when giving the impression today's longer trip would suit and gets the vote dropping down a grade.
Half A Billion (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) Always prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Abi Scarlet (9-3) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Apr.
Joshua The First 15-2 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon led, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr beating Alkadi (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, effort on inside halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Hajras (8-8) at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Alkadi (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) In touch in 5th, effort 2f out, soon ridden, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Haaf A Sixpence (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Daddy Warbucks (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Close up, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Joshua The First (9-2) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
La Salida 6-1 (8-4) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to lead last 50 yards, won at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) sft in Jun beating Haafkry (8-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Irrational 20-1 (8-3) Towards rear and outpaced, never a factor, 8th of 11, 20l behind Mince (8-6) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct.
Hi There (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places near finish, 4th of 12, 7l behind Ardmay (9-4) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Balti's Sister (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 16, 40l behind Stellar Express (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Keen led over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Fennell Bay (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr.