ENCAPSULATED has a 6lb penalty for Saturday's victory at Bath, when Dark Lane was almost ten lengths behind, but his rider can claim 8lb so Roger Ingram's charge can go in again. Tony Carroll has two representatives with Belle Bayardo, who has been running well enough though in very minor company, more likely to come out best of the pair. Fathom Five hasn't won on Turf since 2010 and only once on Fibresand in that period though he's now dropped to his lowest ever mark on his 76th start. Imaginary Diva is very much at home around here and has scored from a higher mark in the past.
Dark Lane 7-2fav (9-2) Led until 2f out, soon hung right, weakened final furlong, 10th of 15, 10l behind Encapsulated (9-1) at Bath 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.
Encapsulated 16-1 (9-1) Off the pace towards rear, headway halfway, soon driven along on outside, chased leaders over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fm beating Catalyze (9-1) by 1l, 15 ran.
Imaginary Diva 7-1 (9-7) In touch, effort over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Spic 'n Span (8-8) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong until no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-9) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Outbid 7-1 (9-6) Raced wide mid-division, never a factor, 9th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dissent (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Nifty Kier 7-2fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Indian Violet (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Fathom Five (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 19l behind Red Invader (9-5) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Sairaam (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until ridden halfway, soon weakened, last of 11, well behind Red Invader (9-5) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Misty Pearl 100-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 12, 35l behind Vitruvian Lady (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) gs in May.