Vittachi bounced back to form when scoring on fast ground at Ayr last month. He should cope with the extra furlong and will handle any cut in the ground though PONTE DI ROSA is preferred. The latter won a higher grade race at Warwick last week when beating a couple of previous winners and this looks no tougher despite her penalty. Old Boy Ted finished third at Yarmouth last time without looking like winning but Spruzzo was beaten a couple of lengths in an amateurs' race over C&D last month and could figure with a repeat performance.
Vittachi 11-4 (9-2) Close up, led approaching 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Nay Secret (8-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Illustration (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Soon in touch and driven along, went 2nd 4f out, led well over 1f out, soon hard ridden, stayed on well, eased towards finish, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct beating Dubara Reef (9-7) by 7l, 14 ran.
Veloso (FR) 3-1 (8-12) Prominent, weakened 3f out, soon behind, eased, tailed off, last of 6, 38l behind Private Story (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 4yo sell stks (6) gs.
Ponte Di Rosa 18-1 (7-13) Tracked leader, led 4f out, clear when edged left over 1f out, eased towards finish, won at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Our Folly (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Spruzzo 12-1 (8-9) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Rosairlie (8-12) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Hoar Frost 33-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 30l behind Soprano (9-8) at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Old Boy Ted 33-1 (7-13) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Waterford Star (8-8) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Lady Gargoyle 4-1 (8-7) Keen close up, lost place over 7f out, ridden halfway, headway over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Harare (9-0) at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Ballade de La Mer 14-1 (8-7) Held up, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 17l behind Vittachi (9-2) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.