Newbury winner Novellen Lad never saw daylight when a beaten favourite at Haydock next time and shouldn't be written off just yet. But, at the age of six, this is his first run over the minimum trip. Judge 'n Jury has been showing signs of a revival lately and is well handicapped nowadays, while Hazelrigg was second at Beverley two weeks ago but has never won off a mark this high. FATHOM FIVE was much too keen on soft ground at Ayr last time and weakened quickly inside the final furlong. He is now a pound lower than when just beaten in a blanket finish in a hugely-competitive sprint at Epsom last month, however, and could take all the beating today. Fellow C&D winner Five Star Junior and the lightly-weighted Sutton Veny may be the pick of the remainder.
Taajub (IRE) 11-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, bumped and weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 15, 12l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Five Star Junior (USA) 9-2 (9-11) Held up, headway over 2f out, not much room and no impression from 1f out, last of 10, 9l behind Murura (8-10) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Fathom Five (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 5l behind Quest For Success (9-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Befortyfour 25-1 (9-5) Slight lead until halfway, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 13l behind Medicean Man (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, not clear run over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 8th of 15, 7l behind Piazza San Pietro (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Swiss Franc 20-1 (9-1) Held up, hampered and stumbled over 2f out, not recover, last of 19, 20l behind Masamah (9-9) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Judge 'n Jury 11-2 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Ginger Ted (8-12) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Baby Strange 25-1 (8-5) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway centre over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 8th of 19, 8l behind Noble Citizen (8-6) at Ascot 6f hcp (2) gd.
Hazelrigg (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, staying on and carried head awkward, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Master Rooney (9-7) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Sutton Veny (IRE) 11-2 (9-13) Soon took stand side rail, led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sohraab (9-13) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.