IRISH BOY has won two of his three starts this year and is taken to continue his upward curve. Melodize got the better of him at Redcar last month but re-opposes on worse terms today and the former looks the one to beat having gone in at Warwick since. Rothesay Chancer is getting closer to losing his maiden tag and was runner-up over C&D last time, but Spontaneity has a bit to find with the principals on recent form. Empress Royal appears to be running into form and could figure dropped in class.
Speightowns Kid (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 4th of 11, 6l behind Gottcher (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Empress Royal 13-2 (8-11) Held up, took keen hold, effort 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 3l behind Pineapple Pete (8-1) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Apr.
Country Waltz 12-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 15l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Irish Boy (IRE) 5-2fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, edged left, ran on, won at Warwick 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Paradise Place (9-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Rothesay Chancer 9-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, short of room after 1f, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure, never troubled winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Mr Mo Jo (9-3) at Musselburgh 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Apr.
Fast Shot 4-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Rock Ace (9-7) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Aug.
Melodize 7-2fav (8-7) Hampered start, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 7l behind Another Wise Kid (9-4) at Beverley 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Pizzarra 13-2 (8-10) Steadied start, took keen hold in last pair, ridden on outside 2f out, no progress, 5th of 6, 10l behind Stirling Bridge (9-4) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Spontaneity (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Reared and dwelt, towards rear but in touch, ridden 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Melodize (8-13) at Redcar 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Blind Stag (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden and hung right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 12l behind Louis The Pious (9-3) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (5) gd.
These Dreams 25-1 (8-3) In touch in center, ridden 2f out, one pace when bumped inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Foreign Rhythm (8-11) at Newcastle 5f fll hcp (5) gf.
Face East (USA) 100-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, last of 9, 17l behind Louis The Pious (9-3) at Hamilton 6f mdn stks (5) gd.
Fawara 66-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Melodize (8-13) at Redcar 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.