David O'Meara won this last year but Eccleston looked as though a stiffer 5f or a step-up in trip would suit when struggling to stay with Mecca's Angel at Hamilton. He had earlier beaten Hay Chewed at Sandown when receiving 4lb and looks unlikely to confirm the form on the revised terms. Ambiance won a Listed race at Sandown before failing when stepped up into Group company and like Deauviille winner Shamshon he has a penalty to carry. JUSTICE DAY had a very busy first campaign but appeared get better with racing. His close third behind Astaire in the Middle Park is the stand-out form here and he can make a successful reappearance.
Ambiance (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Soon held up in last trio, pushed along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 17l behind Green Door (9-0) at Doncaster 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Shamshon (IRE) 30-1 (8-10) Off slow,4wd into str, 11th of 13, 13l behind Outstrip (8-10) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Nov.
Justice Day (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Astaire (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Eccleston 2-1 (9-0) In touch and outpaced, soon pushed along, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Mecca's Angel (8-9) at Hamilton 5f con stks (2) gs.
Hay Chewed (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Led, strongly challenged from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Eccleston (9-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Apr.
One Chance (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Mick's Yer Man (9-0) at Ascot 6f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Apr.