Areef was only beaten a neck by Fire Crystal at Bath without looking like getting to the winner. That was an improved effort, albeit in modest company, and it'll be interesting to see if the first-time visor elicits enough improvement for her to score. Vetvey scored nicely at Newcastle and is reopposed by the three that followed him home. Mark Johnston's charge has disappointed the last twice though and is worse off with all his victims and BYRON BEAR, third that day after a troubled passage, can reverse placings on revised terms. Downtown Boy was runner-up that day and should be on the premises once again.
Vetvey (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, strongly pressed early straight, headed under 2f out, no impression when hampered 1f out, weakened, 13th of 14, 11l behind Cheers Buddy (9-4) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol in Apr.
Hal Of A Lover 11-1 (9-4) Chased leaders and pulled hard early, short of room and hampered after 1f, soon lost place, last of 11, 31l behind Azlaa (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Go 100-1 (9-3) Held up, never near leaders, 15th of 16, 28l behind Crown Counsel (9-3) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Spin A Wish 25-1 (8-9) Raced wide close up, weakened halfway, 7th of 9, 10l behind Rowan Spirit (9-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Areef (IRE) 11-8fav (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden to challenge, hard ridden entering final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Fire Crystal (8-12) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Dashing Eddie (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, reminders over 5f out, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 16l behind Quiz Mistress (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Inca Blue 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded entering final furlong, 9th of 13, 12l behind Barista (9-7) at Leicester 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Oct.
Chadford 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, kept on same pace from over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Vetvey (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Byron Bear (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Held up, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Vetvey (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Downtown Boy (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Vetvey (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
One Of Twins 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 10, 5l behind Vetvey (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Dreamweaving (IRE) 100-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 15l behind Soweto Star (8-12) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Commander Veejay 80-1 (8-1) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, not able to get back on terms after although some late headway, 8th of 11, 9l behind Trading (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Fully Armed (IRE) 80-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 18l behind Munaaseb (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.