Eoin Walsh impressed with his handling of SHIRATAKI at Newbury ten days ago and keeps the ride on Peter Hiatt's charge, who can go in again from just 4lb higher. Kittens won a Class 6 at Leicester then ran a fine race in two grades higher on the same track last time so has to go on the short-list. Aldwick Bay ran poorly behind Breakheart at Sandown and Ice Nelly was a long way behind the same winner at Salisbury though that was her first run since October and she'll improve. Swift Blade scored at Goodwood in September but has only had a run over hurdles in April subsequently.
Aldwick Bay (IRE) 5-2 (9-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 9l behind Breakheart (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf.
Poyle Thomas 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, plugged on from over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 11l behind Havana Cooler (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Gold Mine 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until 4f out, soon lost place, eased over 2f out, last of 7, well behind Nave (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Shirataki (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, took keen hold, headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on, won at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp (5) gf beating Whitby Jet (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Swift Blade (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mutual Regard (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Kittens 9-1 (8-6) Dwelt close up in 3rd place, went 2nd 7f out, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 3, 3l behind Mankini (9-1) at Leicester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Highlife Dancer 10-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 19l behind Laughing Jack (10-2) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Star Date (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, led after 2f, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, well behind Nile Knight (8-11) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ice Nelly (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, nearest finish, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Breakheart (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.