Ralph Beckett trained the winner of this in 2007 and his REDVERS is the clear form pick this time around. He couldn't match strides with the speedy Chiefdom Prince on his reappearance over C&D last month but had subsequent Ripon third Alive And Kicking well behind and will be unlucky to come up against something of the winner's quality today. The Green Desert gelding Desert Chieftain may be the danger as he's certain to improve for his run over 7f at Newbury earlier in the month.
Alive And Kicking 6-1 (9-3) Raced stand side dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden and no impression over 2f out, driven and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Elusive Prince (9-3) at Ripon 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Desert Chieftain 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, no headway, 12th of 17, 11l behind Quadrant (9-3) at Newbury 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.
Redvers (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on, always held, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Chiefdom Prince (9-11) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
See Vermont 10-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, headway to press leaders after 2f, weakened halfway, virtually pulled up final furlong, last of 6, well behind Christmas Aria (8-11) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Yougoigo 66-1 (9-3) Dwelt, always towards rear, 10th of 12, 11l behind Main Beach (9-13) at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd.
Magic Rhythm 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, driven over 2f out, soon lost place, no impression final furlong, 5th of 6, 4l behind Bahia Emerald (8-10) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Misshollygolightly Kheleyf filly out of Crown City.
Muroona (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) In touch on inside, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 16l behind Fityaan (9-0) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gd.