A tricky opener further complicated by the fact that recent winners Close To The Edge and Barkston Ash, who carries a penalty for a comfortable success at Newcastle seven days ago, have wide draws. Alfraamsey scored on the Polytrack in March but hasn't shown a great deal since while Royal Bajan was well beaten at odds-on on his handicap debut last month. Crucis Abbey keeps threatening to shed his maiden tag and Crystallus was knocking on the door at the end of last year but we fancy QUADRA HOP to come out on top here as he went close on his return to the turf at Chepstow last week.
Close To The Edge (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Soon pressing leader, strong challenge from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led towards finish, won at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Jibaal (9-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Crystallus (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inside, headway on inside over 1f out, went 2nd entering final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Lady Prodee (8-8) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Crucis Abbey (IRE) 5-2 (8-13) Led at steady pace, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Amelia's Surprise (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Acclamatory 9-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 8, 5l behind Sugar Beet (9-2) at Nottingham 5f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Barkston Ash 10-1 (8-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Pitkin (9-1) by 3l, 11 ran.
Royal Bajan (USA) 4-11fav (9-7) In touch until shuffled back to last after 1f, ridden well over 1f out, no impression when edged right inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Dreams Of Glory (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Atia 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 5l behind Amelia's Surprise (9-7) at Lingfield 7f fll hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Loved To Bits 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 13l behind Queen Of Cash (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Look Twice 10-1 (8-10) Took keen hold and prominent, chased winner 4f out, ridden inside final 2f, no chance over 1f out, weakened to 3rd entering final furlong, 3rd of 7, 8l behind She Ain't A Saint (8-10) at Kempton 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Jan.
Quadra Hop (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led narrowly, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Swendab (9-0) at Chepstow 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Lady Mango (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, kept on well to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Gottcher (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Ajaafa 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt always in rear, last of 8, 11l behind Native Picture (9-6) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Alfraamsey 14-1 (9-1) Went left start and slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 11, 27l behind Trading (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Majestic Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, beaten when hit on nose with rivals whip towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Best Be Careful (9-0) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dancing Tara 8-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, held when short of room 1f out, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Vicona (8-12) at Bath 6f 3yo fll stks (4) fm in Apr.
Gothic Chick 28-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 21l behind Zamina (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Shaunas Spirit (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Pulled hard and soon steadied off heeels to mid-division, struggling over 3f out, 11th of 13, 29l behind Izzi Top (9-0) at Windsor 1m mdn fll stks (5) gf in Apr.