Soft ground appears to be the key to recent Nottingham third Stout Cortez and he's unlikely to get that here. Hallouella is consistent enough but she isn't really getting any closer to a first success. Likewise Frederic Chopin whose best efforts have come on the Polytrack. DRIFTER is still relatively unexposed and hinted that he needed further when fourth over 1m2f at Chepstow last month. He gets a tentative vote, though Olymnia appears to be improving and is a danger.
Stout Cortez 5-1 (9-1) Led and keen, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Taws (8-2) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Drifter (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Allowed to come out out of stalls in own time, held up last, pushed along 4f out, ridden entering final 3f, plugged on into modest 4th well over 1f out, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Spectator (9-2) at Chepstow 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Olymnia 7-2 (9-3) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, headway under presure on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, just failed for 3rd, 4th of 11, 6l behind Blue Talisman (8-10) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Hallouella 13-2 (9-4) Led, driven and headed 3f out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 9, 8l behind That Be Grand (8-6) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Frederic Chopin 7-1 (9-7) Broke well, chased leaders, not clear run over 3f out, soon ridden, switched right and not much room before being hampered over 1f out, no extra, 7th of 14, 8l behind Roman Riches (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Rock Of Leon 7-1 (8-9) In rear and pushed along, headway over 1f out, not much room and switched left inside final furlong, eased, 7th of 13, 12l behind Storm Rider (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
No Second Thoughts (IRE) 50-1 (8-0) Always in rear, behind over 4f out, 10th of 13, 31l behind Storm Rider (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd.