DHHAMAAN is put forwards in a competitive heat where we also expect to see Fortezza and Guildenstern take a hand. Ruth Carr won this race last year and she has her team in top form at present and that includes Dhhamaan who comes into this race on the back of a solid run at Musselburgh and victory at Newcastle. He's a dual course and distance winner and should still be competitive from his revised mark. Guildenstern is only 2lbs higher than when last successful and pops up every now and then when everything falls into place and has live claims if they do so although he does need a little luck with his style of racing. Fortezza is improving with experience and has run well enough on her last two starts to believe that she can be a factor if taking to the surface whilst there are no problems on that score for the likes of Kheley, Woolston Ferry and The City Kid who all have wins at the track to their name. Competitive fare with Dhhamaan taken to come out on top.
Amber Sunset 6-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 5th of 13, 8l behind Mambo Spirit (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Woolston Ferry (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Held up, wide and headway to chase leaders halfway, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Spinning Ridge (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Queen of Thebes (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway and effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Transformer (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
El Libertador (USA) 6-1 (8-11) Reluctant to load stalls, chased leaders, chased winner over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 5l behind Golden Rock (9-3) at Bath 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fm in May.
Mr Skipiton (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Held up in touch, under pressure halfway, soon no impression, 7th of 16, 6l behind Mayoman (8-11) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Kheley (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden halfway, headway approaching 1f out, switched right and stayed on, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Figaro Flyer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Guildenstern (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on, never nearer, 6th of 12, 5l behind Headache (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
The City Kid (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Naledi (8-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 11-2 (7-13) Led, ridden and headed when edged left entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Nufoudh (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Fortezza 5-2fav (10-2) In touch, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on to 2nd final furlong, no chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Green Poppy (9-13) at Redcar 6f am mdn hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Piccolo Express 66-1 (10-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 10l behind Blues Music (9-2) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Gee Ceffyl Bach 7-2 (8-1) Soon pushed along in rear, never dangerous, 5th of 6, 11l behind My Mate Mal (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m clm stks (6) sft in Oct '08.