COUNTRY WESTERN won his maiden at Kempton in March before landing what looked a tough Ripon handicap. He's gone up 5lb for that but is progressing so nicely that it shouldn't prevent a hat-trick. Ayaar is entitled to the greatest respect having run in the National Stakes last season and making a promising reappearance behind Garswood in the Free Handicap. Glean couldn't cope with One Word More at Kempton and will need to do better but Discernable is taking a marked drop in class and is by no means out of this. Azrur didn't appear to handle the very fast ground in a Haydock Listed event after his Doncaster victory and starts off on what looks a fair mark.
Ayaar (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Steadied start, in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and ran on towards finish, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Garswood (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Listed Handicap (3yo) (1) gd in Apr.
Glean 6-4fav (8-12) Held up in 5th on inside, headway on inside over 2f out, chased winner inside final 2f, ridden to challenge and ever chance inside final furlong, found no extra and held final 50 yards, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind One Word More (8-12) at Kempton 1m cond stks (2) pol in Apr.
Discernable 22-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and faded over 1f out, 8th of 15, 18l behind Windhoek (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
Red Avenger (USA) 4-1 (9-4) Chased leading pair, pushed along over 2f out, soon one pace, weakened well over 1f out, soon hung right and beaten, last of 7, 23l behind Haafaguinea (9-4) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Country Western 3-1 (8-13) Dwelt soon tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and ran on gamely, won at Ripon 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr beating Lightning Launch (8-6) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Azrur (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader 2f, held up in 3rd, driven over 3f out, lost place 2f out, behind final furlong, last of 6, 7l behind Havana Gold (9-0) at Haydock 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Sep.
Flashlight (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon no extra, 4th of 7, 5l behind Haafaguinea (9-4) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.