Mark Johnston's Alcalde has shown improved form with each start this term and ran a fine race in defeat in a valuable lady riders' race at York last time when finding just Desert Recluse too good but he may have to settle for minor honours again with a better bet looking to be VIVA VETTORI, who is preferred to Tinshu. The Derek Haydn Jones-trained filly has done little wrong this term, running a fair third in both races since dead-heating at Windsor on her reappearance and she should be thereabouts again. David Elsworth's Classic Punch is more than capable of taking a hand in the finish here and did run better on the Polytrack at Kempton at the beginning of the month but he is proving to be hard to win with and may be best watched. Gary Moore's Kavachi probably needs some help from the handicapper and of more interest may be Michael Attwater's Ramona Chase, who ran his best race for some time when a close up second behind Fiery Lad at Epsom recently and he has solid claims off just a 2lb higher mark today. David Elsworth's Viva Vettori won a Listed race at Kempton in February and ran his best race since then when narrowly beaten by Tartan Gigha at Newmarket last month. The winner that day franked that form with a decent success on Thursday and Viva Vettori can frank it further today.
Classic Punch (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) Slight lead until over 8f out, handy, pushed along 3f out, driven to lead briefly over 1f out, chased winner after, kept on under pressure, always held, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Submariner (9-1) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Viva Vettori 16-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Tartan Gigha (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcap (2) gf in May.
Sohcahtoa (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up, headway to chase leaders 7f out, pushed along 3f out, weakening when hampered soon after, eased, 13th of 14, 19l behind Submariner (9-1) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Alcalde 28-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, heafway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, soon hung left, not pace of winner, 2nd of 18, 6l behind Desert Recluse (8-3) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Reve De Nuit (USA) 8-1 (9-1) Held up and always last, no chance final 2f, last of 5, 13l behind Prospect Wells (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf.
Tinshu (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Desert Kiss (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f flls hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Ramona Chase 40-1 (7-12) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Fiery Lad (9-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd.
Kavachi (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Behind, ridden when headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 13, 7l behind Distant Memories (9-13) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gd.