Perennial won a claimer at Wolverhampton in October but it's been sometime since he scored on Turf. Merchant Of Dubai won over 1m6f here at this time last year and has leading claims having made the frame at this track last month. Corton Lad has also been placed at this venue on his last couple of starts and finished practically upsides with last week's runner-up NORTHSIDE PRINCE. But the latter has the advantage today with Megan Nicholls claiming 5lb and he gets the vote.
Perennial 9-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, trying to squeeze through on inside when short of room, hampered and lost place over 1f out, no impression after, 6th of 9, 7l behind Itlaaq (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Merchant of Dubai 10-1 (9-5) Tracked front pair, ridden 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Aleksandar (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Tapis Libre 20-1 (9-12) Chased leaders to over 1f out, weakend final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind My Kingdom (10-1) at Doncaster 7f ldy hcp (4) sft in Apr.
Corton Lad 9-2 (8-11) Raced wide tracked leaders, tracked winner over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Dance King (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
El Bravo 22-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 6l behind Las Verglas Star (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Northside Prince (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway 3f out, driven and stayed on to take 2nd post, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Dance King (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.