MOORHOUSE LAD is selected ahead of Rebel Duke and Jargelle. Bryan Smart won this race last year and if anything, Moorhouse Lad is looking a much stronger horse this season. He was far from disgraced at Nottingham and can confirm form with Rebel Duke at these much better terms. Paul Hanagan has been booked for the mount on Jargelle. She has plenty of early pace and her first run back will not have been lost upon her. Striking Spirit and City Dancer are probably best watched first time out despite Dandy Nicholls stable being amongst the winners. Grissom is out of his depth. Moorhouse Lad hasn't always achieved what he has promised but has no excuses this afternoon.
Grissom (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind Highland Warrior (8-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Moorhouse Lad 8-1 (9-1) Narrow lead over 1f, remained close up, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Wi Dud (9-1) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) sft.
Rebel Duke (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden, edged left and challenged over 1f out, stayed on same pace pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Wi Dud (9-1) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) sft.
Striking Spirit 20-1 (8-7) Led far side group and overall leader, headed by that group over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 17th of 26, 7l behind Jimmy Styles (9-2) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
City Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Held up in touch, switched right 4f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 11l behind Eton Rifles (8-9) at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) gd in Sep.
Jargelle (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Raced on stands side rail, with leader until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 13l behind Blue Jack (8-6) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gd.