A competitive contest where SIR PITT is the one taken to come home in front ahead of Deauville Post, Atlantic Tiger and Rock A Doodle Doo. The selection has won two of his last three, and perhaps didn't handle the track when tried in-between those successes at Beverley. John Gosden's colt sees out 1m 4f very well and he races as though today's trip will be no problem, so we will side with this progressive sort. Deauville Post decimated a small field of maidens at Haydock over 12f last month and he returns to handicapping on a mark 5lbs higher than when he last appeared in this sphere and was beaten at Newmarket. Even so, he looks very solid now and should go close. Atlantic Tiger has a 50 per cent strike rate from four career starts, and he stayed on strongly to win at Kempton in April. He also shapes as though he will get this far and is very much respected from 5lbs higher. Rock A Doodle Do completed a hat-trick on the Polytrack in January and has been competitive on turf in recent runs, so you couldn't rule him out totally despite another 4lb increase on his back. Desert Recluse is another to have completed a hat-trick and has a similar profile in recent handicaps, so he should be on the premises, though preference is for Sir Pitt.
Deauville Post (FR) 4-9fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led approaching 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, easily, won at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr beating Layla's Boy (9-3) by 10l, 5 ran.
Atlantic Tiger (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed final furlong, soon ridden and regained lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr beating Mawaddah (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Verdant (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Edged right start, tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed narrowly over 2f out, regained lead 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not quicken, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Captain Cool (8-8) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Sir Pitt 10-3 (9-4) Went right start, held up in touch, headway over 3f out, led well over 1f out, pushed clear, comfortably, won at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs beating On Khee (9-3) by 4l, 6 ran.
Ebony Boom (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) In touch, effort to chase leaders over 4f out, 3rd, one pace and no chance with front pair final 2f, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Awsaal (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gs.
Architrave 14-1 (8-8) Headway to join leader 7f out, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Spanish Duke (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Iron Condor 4-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, led until 4f out, soon ridden, regained narrow lead over 2f out, headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Captain Cool (8-8) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden and outpaced 2f out, ran on to go 4th near finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Beat Route (8-5) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.