Quite strange to see ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE descend to this level after landing a Class 4 handicap recently with a cosy Leicester success. The seven-year-old seeks to take career wins into double figures here and he'll be the one to beat if repeating the level of that latest victory in the Midlands. Aqua Ardens and Red Paladin are obvious threats tackling claiming company for the first time, whilst course and distance winner, Ad Vitam, now with his seventh trainer, and Mitchell are also noted.
Aqua Ardens (GER) 25-1 (8-12) Held up in rear and never involved, 9th of 12, 14l behind Ree's Rascal (8-13) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Red Paladin (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division, lost place ver 4f oout, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 10th of 14, 6l behind Self Employed (8-11) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Illustrious Prince (IRE) 4-1fav (9-11) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Leicester 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Available (10-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mitchell 5-1fav (8-10) Chased leaders, not much room over 5f out, lost place over 3f out, well beaten after, 9th of 13, 12l behind Zaitsev (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Steadied start, always in rear, 11th of 12, 8l behind Ralphy Boy (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Medecis Mountain 4-1 (8-6) Always behind, 8th of 12, 9l behind Bertie Blu Boy (8-10) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Rasselas (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, plugged on, never any threat to leaders, 6th of 13, 10l behind Zaitsev (9-6) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Spithead 40-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 29l behind Real Tigress (9-0) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Whispered Times (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Ad Vitam (9-4) at Redcar 7f sell (6) gf in Apr.
Beaulie 100-1 (8-11) Outpaced in rear, never a factor, last of 9, 16l behind Mitchell (9-4) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) gs in May.
Karate Queen 8-1 (10-0) In touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 11, 5l behind Absolute Bearing (9-9) at Redcar 6f amat mdn hcap 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Native Falls (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 13l behind Bear Behind (9-6) at Thirsk 6f sell stks (6) sft in May.
San Remo Rose (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon weakend and behind, last of 16, 24l behind Le Laitier (9-5) at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.