Only three runners which is a bit surprising as ROYAL SKIES has taken a 13lb hike in the weights after sluicing up at Pontefract last week and may have been worth taking on. As it stands, Mark Johnston's charge should get a good tow from stablemate Dorfman and is left with only the maiden Eric The Grey to beat. The latter may improve for the longer trip but will need to if he's to open his account in this.
Royal Skies (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Led early, chased clear leader, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon clear, ran on strongly, won at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Duke Of Perth (8-12) by 9l, 9 ran.
Dorfman 11-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 4, 14l behind Red Runaway (9-2) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Eric The Grey (IRE) 11-8fav (8-11) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, not much room over 3f out, ridden over 2f out and tried to squeeze between rivals, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Chevalgris (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gs in May.