In many ways CONFRONT is a reluctant suggestion but we have decided to put him forwards ahead of Foolin Myself and Ramona Chase who could show up well at a big price. Jamie Spencer would have struggled to do the weight on Michael Bell's charge who was made favourite at Newbury when having his first run since beating Tartan Bearer in a maiden in 2007. He's entitled to be better for the outing although the spectre of the bounce factor raises its head. He's one of a handful of runners in the field that are open to marked improvement and the top-weight is another after just four starts. The four winners of this race since its inception have remarkably carried either 8-10 or 8-11 which is a measure of the task facing the Stoute runner. However, Confront was favourite to win the Greenham just over a year ago and, although he has something to prove now, it's worth taking the chance that he can come good and get the better of a field of fairly exposed handicappers. Proponent won the race last year, Flipando is in top form but a strong pace could stretch his stamina, Road To Love has been given a chance by the handicapper whilst Ezdiyaad and Deep Winter are not without claims. Ramona Chase wasn't able to take the next step and was tried over hurdles this winter but he appears to have retained his ability judged by his penultimate start and he ran better than his finishing position at Epsom suggests. He's got plenty of form in similar contests to his name and could make the frame at a price but we'd hope to see Confront mark himself down as a Pattern race winner in waiting.
Confront 15-8fav (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 7l behind Eddie Jock (9-0) at Great Leighs 1m 3yo stks (3) pol in Sep.
Ezdiyaad (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, close up, ridden over 2f out, soon struggling, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Enroller (8-11) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.
Dream Lodge (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Staying On (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Heron Bay 12-1 (9-7) Held up well in rear, effort on outside 3f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 8, 7l behind Tungsten Strike (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gs in Aug.
Flipando (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up in touch far side, effort 2f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 20, 4l behind Expresso Star (8-12) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Mar.
Road To Love (IRE) 11-10fav (9-0) Went right start, keen lead, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, last of 3, 6l behind Re Barolo (9-6) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 4yo stk (3) pol in Apr '08.
King Charles 7-1 (9-5) Held up on outside towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression on leaders over 1f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Heaven Knows (9-1) at Ascot 1m 2f hcap (2) gs in Oct.
Proponent (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, brief effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 18th of 23, 31l behind Extraterrestrial (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Ramona Chase 16-1 (9-1) Held up, not clear run from well over 1f out, soon eased and lost at least 6 places inside final furlong, 14th of 20, 12l behind Duncan (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Apr.
Deep Winter 11-4fav (9-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Spring Goddess (8-5) at Doncaster 1m fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd in Mar.
Kay Gee Be (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out and weakened, 9th of 10, 11l behind Commander Cave (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Viva Vettori 9-4fav (8-12) Keen, soon led, ridden, headed and weakened 1f out, 5th of 7, 4l behind Press The Button (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (3) pol in Apr.
Bazergan (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Led after 2f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 18, 13l behind Hatton Flight (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (3) gd in Apr.
Foolin Myself 5-2fav (9-4) Led up behind, mid-division, headway 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2l behind Invasian (8-4) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Mohathab (IRE) 13-8fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Apr beating Park Lane (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.