Strong Conviction ran his best race so far when beaten less than a length at Bath just over three weeks ago but he lacks the same scope as BOLD PREDICTION. Richard Hannon's colt was strongly fancied on his debut at Salisbury but didn't pick up as expected. He'll know more today, however. The Hannon team also run newcomer Shamaheart while Blessington and I'm Back are other debutants representing powerful yards. It's Taboo ran green on her introduction at Nottingham but showed some promise and is another who will improve for the experience.
Blessington (IRE) Kheleyf colt out of Madam Ninette.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Chased leaders, disputing 2nd halfway, pushed along 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Star Breaker (9-3) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Fils Anges (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 15l behind Englishman (9-3) at Newbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Apr.
I'm Back (IRE) Exceed And Excel colt out of Paracel.
Pal Of The Cat Choisir gelding out of Evenstorm.
Persian Marvel (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders and keen, not much room after 1f, soon dropped rear and badly outpaced, tailed off, last of 5, 39l behind Faithfilly (8-12) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft.
Shamaheart (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Encouragement.
Strong Conviction 5-2 (9-3) Outpaced and pushed along towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased leading duo inside final furlong, finished well, going on close home, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Cuisine (9-3) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
It's Taboo 100-1 (8-12) Slowly away, behind, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 14, 7l behind Rayaheen (8-12) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Royal Guinevere Invincible Spirit filly out of Elegant Beauty.