Wild Desert was due to run in the finale here yesterday and will carry an extra 7lb in this if successful. He was impressive at Warwick last week but isn't exactly consistent. QUEEN'S STAR stayed on dourly to get up close home at Chepstow at the start of the month. Andrew Balding's filly still looks fairly handicapped off only a 2lb higher mark and will enjoy this long straight so gets the nod. Naburn was third over the trip at Newcastle last time while Bounty Seeker was second at Doncaster 12 days ago and likely to be suited by 2m. Double Cee still has his stamina to prove, however, while maiden Astrogold is likely to find a few of these too good.
Wild Desert (FR) 6-1 (9-2) Made all, ridden clear 3f out, comfortable, won at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Italian Riviera (9-8) by 19l, 6 ran.
Double Cee 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, steady headway 4f out, driven to chase leaders 2f out, stayed on to one paced 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Admirable Duque (8-9) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Foster's Road 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, effort over 3f out, soon outpaced, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 6l behind Big Time Billy (8-6) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Bounty Seeker (USA) 12-1 (9-9) In touch in 4th, outpaced over 6f out, ridden well over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Petella (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Naburn 7-2fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway between horses over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Rock Relief (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Queen's Star 7-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, kept on to lead close home, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Fuzzy Logic (8-7) by hd, 8 ran.
Astrogold 25-1 (8-4) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Focail Maith (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.