Rockfella was a very game winner at Salisbury last month when Hawridge Star was back in third. The latter is 5lb better off here but isn't getting any younger and often runs his best races fresh. Uphold will handle conditions better than most but gets little respite from the handicapper while Mohanad, though fairly consistent, prefers it a lot quicker than this. Cotton King is much better on the all-weather so we'll take a chance on LADY AMAKHALA. She's a rare runner here for Middleham handler George Moore and a repeat of her neck second to Secret Tune on heavy ground at Doncaster in April would probably suffice.
Rockfella 12-1 (8-12) Made virtually, ridden over 2f out, held on well, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May beating Albert Bridge (8-9) by nk, 11 ran.
Uphold (9-8) 5th of 9, 4l behind Benjamin (8-11) at Maisons-laffitte(FR) 1m 5f stk gs.
Bolivia (GER) 8-1 (9-0) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again over 3f out, soon headed and weakened, 5th of 7, 11l behind Qaraaba (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f flls hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Mohanad (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Monterey (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Cotton King 6-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, never able to get on terms, 5th of 8, 5l behind Al Khawaneej (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Lady Amakhala 25-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 17, 22l behind Cloudy Spirit (9-4) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Hawridge Star (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway 3f out, ridden to take 3rd 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Rockfella (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Cozy Tiger (USA) 25-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, never involved, 8th of 11, 22l behind Mataaleb (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.