This looks wide-open and is complicated by the fact that Gordon Elliott saddles both Winter Music, ridden by Davy Condon, and Snoqualmie Chief, partnered by A P McCoy. Early Applause was third at Market Rasen last month but Slaney Star only won a seller at Worcester and changed hands after. DEFINITELY BETTER was second over track and trip last month and still appears to be improving so gets a tentative vote, though Carthaginian is the type to improve now going handicapping.
Orchard Road (USA) 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway and in touch 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, never on terms, weakened last, 7th of 13, 32l behind Mister Spingsprong (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Slaney Star (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Jumped right, held up in 6th,headway tracking leaders when not fluent 5th, pushed along and closed on leader before 3 out, led 3 out, clear and in command when went right final 2, won at Worcester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gf in May beating Zafaraban (11-0) by 10l, 9 ran.
Sparville (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, in 4th and weakening when blundered 2 out, 4th of 8, 18l behind Applause For Amy (10-2) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Winter Music (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division on inner, in touch in rear of mid-division on inner when fell 3 out, in a race won by Carpet Elegance (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in May, 14 ran.
Flawless Filly (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Landecker (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr, 10 ran.
Early Applause 9-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden and headway before 2 out, kept on to take 3rd run-in, 3rd of 9, 9l behind A Little Bit Dusty (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Snoqualmie Chief 7-2 (11-2) Towards rear, progress into mid-division after 5 out, 4th after 2 out and ridden along, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 12l behind Patrolman (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in May.
Carthaginian (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) In rear, mistake 2nd, reminders before 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, well behind Wicked Spice (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Definitely Better (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out to chase leaders, chased winner before last, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Teo Vivo (11-10) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.
Discoverie 5-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, effort next, soon ridden, one pace approaching last, no impression in 4th flat, 4th of 11, 7l behind Gleann Na Ndochais (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Mr Mansson (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, hit 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 7, 18l behind Teo Vivo (11-10) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.
Raifteiri (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Jumped right, led, clear before 5th until slowed up badly and headed 2 out, dropped to 3rd, rallied before last, went 2nd under pressure final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Playhara (11-7) at Hexham 2m amat nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.
Cigalas 40-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, blundered 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 7, 24l behind Teo Vivo (11-10) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in May.