Donny Rover sets the standard but is thoroughly exposed and it would be no surprise if a couple of these improve past him. Zal Zilhom went close at Ripon last time and has leading claims on that effort but BLACK VALE has form at the track and is just preferred on that basis. The latter ran out of steam in the closing stages over 7f here earlier this month so today's shorter trip should see him go very close. The remainder are hard to fancy though newcomer Birikyno is related to a winner on the Polytrack.
Birikyno Piccolo gelding out of Alvarinho Lady.
Black Vale (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Toboggan Star (9-5) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Donny Rover (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Brown Eyed Honey (9-0) at Musselburgh 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Zal Zilhom (IRE) 7-2 (9-1) Pressed leader on rail, every chance 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Pensax Lad (9-3) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Misu's Maite 66-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged left and weakened from over 1f out, 7th of 10, 14l behind Gamesome (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Red Biba (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 15l behind Kodafine (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr.