Ballygrooby Bertie can build on his victory at Towcester but the drop in distance is a bit of a worry and he may be too close in the weights to ITTIRAD. John Ferguson's charge made a respectable comeback behind Street Entertainer at Fontwell and thrives on this good ground. Gud Day and Oliver's Gold are course and distance winners but the former has been chasing lately while the latter looks high enough in the weights now. Ballybriggan also looks vulnerable on these terms and Solidago is a long-standing maiden who has shown his best on a softer surface.
Ittirad (USA) 15-8fav (11-8) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, chased winner next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Street Entertainer (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Ballybriggan (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) In touch on inside, blundered 3 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 9, 26l behind Chalk It Down (11-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Ballygrooby Bertie (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden to lead 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May beating Definite Ruby (11-11) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Gud Day (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on outside, jumped left 2nd, closed 5th, outpaced 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner, weakened into 3rd before last, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Engai (11-2) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Oliver's Gold 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 7th of 9, 32l behind A Little Bit Dusty (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Roc De Prince 16-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hunters Belt (11-4) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Apr, 10 ran.
Solidago (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden along after 3 out, and soon no impression, 5th of 11, 40l behind Draycott Place (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in May.