CANNON BOLT left last year's form behind when forging clear of the field and winning by seven lengths at Musselburgh last week. A 10lb rise and softer ground makes this a tougher task but today's opposition don't inspire much confidence and Robin Bastiman's charge can go in again. Monte Cassino failed to follow up a win at Southwell when well beaten at the same track off today's mark in February, while Fair Bunny will relish the ground but has something to prove over this distance. Tombellini and Double Carpet have the past form to figure and Shaker Style has won at this level but hasn't raced since 2009.
Cannon Bolt (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Made all, clear 4f out, unchallenged, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs beating Gracie's Gift (8-9) by 7l, 9 ran.
Stamp Duty (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 7l behind Goldstorm (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Shaker Style (USA) 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon driven, no impression, 5th of 8, 10l behind Supernoverre (9-1) at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr '09.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Prominent, led over 4f out, headed over 3f out, rallied well over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Beachwood Bay (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Double Carpet (IRE) 17-2 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on outside over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 30l behind Hawk Moth (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Tombellini (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 21l behind Henry Morgan (9-0) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Sleights Boy (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Chasing leaders when not much room on inside and hampered over 4f out, chased leaders until lost place over 3f out, soon behind, 11th of 12, 7l behind Avonlini (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Gadobout Dancer 14-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 10, 12l behind Abernethy (8-2) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jul.
Whats For Pudding (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Keen to post, dwelt ridden along and looked reluctant early, recovered over 5f out, never on terms, 8th of 9, 9l behind Garstang (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
American Lover (FR) 16-1 (8-10) Held up, headway over 1f out, edged slightly left entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Footstepsofspring (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Red Scintilla 12-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Zomerlust (9-2) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) gs in Apr.
Thrust Control (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Soon led narrowly, headed over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind George Benjamin (9-12) at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gd in Apr.
Fama Mac 9-1 (8-7) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and headway when edged left over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Half A Crown (8-6) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Fair Bunny 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Shawkantango (9-4) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.
It's A Mans World 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and struggling 4f out, well beaten final 2f, 12th of 14, 30l behind Somerset Island (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Apr.
Fairy Mist (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, weakened 3f out, 11th of 14, 31l behind Putin (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov.