IRISH JUGGER beat First Rock over C&D last time and the same outcome is expected here. Rod Millman's charge is worse off at the weights today, but never looked like being caught once in front and a follow-up is anticipated. Calculating looks too high in the weights but he beat Simonside at this track last August and the latter is better on turf nowadays. Shifting Gold won here in January and has claims having scored over hurdles since, but Gaselee needs a longer trip to show his best.
Gaselee (USA) 8-1 (9-12) Led, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 19l behind Blackmore (8-9) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Irish Jugger (USA) 9-2 (9-8) Held up, headway to track leaders 5f out, chased leader over 2f out, led 1f out, pushed out, readily, won at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr beating First Rock (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Simonside 50-1 (7-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway into mid-division 4f out, kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 12th of 32, 16l behind Aaim To Prosper (7-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Calculating (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 5f out, soon switched left to inner, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Taikoo (9-2) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.
Shifting Gold (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Dwelt tracked winner until 4f out, kept on same pace final 3f out, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Eseej (9-12) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
First Rock (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) In touch, ridden to lead 3f out, soon 3 lengths clear, headed 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Irish Jugger (9-8) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Apr.