Grand Denial got off the mark in a maiden at Doncaster last month but may lack the scope of ROYAL CHALLIS. Richard Hannon's gelding quickened from the front to score over 5f here two weeks ago and gives every indication a return to this longer trip won't be a problem. Charter was slowly away at Southwell on his return but only beaten half-a-length and should find a small race this year. He makes more appeal than the exposed Fletcher Christian, Keep The Dream and Lucky Di.
Charter (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Slowly away, recovered to chase leaders after 1f, ridden and every from 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Flirtinaskirt (8-12) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs in May.
Fletcher Christian 4-1 (9-3) Close up, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Indian Affair (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Grand Denial (IRE) 6-4 (9-3) Made all, soon clear, ridden over 1f out, quicken final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gs in May beating Oh So Sassy (8-12) by 4l, 7 ran.
Keep The Dream 5-2 (9-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, no impression, last of 7, 7l behind Majestic Jess (9-4) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Lucky Di 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 5th of 9, 2l behind Miss Avonbridge (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo flls hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Royal Challis 3-1 (9-4) Chased leader, led after 1f on rail, edged left briefly over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, won at Windsor 5f mdn stks (5) gd in May beating The Dark Wizard (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.