The consolation race precedes the Carlisle Bell over the same seven-furlong trip and it is competitive enough with 17-runners.
Cymraeg Bounty is seeking a hat-trick after two wins at Ayr over distances further than this. The handicapper has put this son of Bahamian Bounty up 10lb for those wins combined and he could still be well treated from the way he went on to win earlier in the month. He can race keenly early on, so Joe Fanning should be able to get him some cover and help him settle into this race. The fact he stays well will also help him with this uphill finish.
Another hat-trick seeker is Just Be Lucky for the shrewd Ivan Furtado, who has made a good start to his training career. This four year old stays on in his races, so feel this track should suit and his win over two furlongs further at Wetherby came carrying a penalty. He looks to have more to offer on this mark of 80 and the trainer has reached for the blinkers for the first time too.
Pumaflor’s last five efforts have been over a mile and he was closest on his latest effort at Doncaster. Richard Whitaker drops him back in trip and could be a player off this mark from stall three considering he was ridden forward in that race last time meaning George Chaloner could try to make all on this son of Aussie Rules here.
Just Be Lucky (E/W)
The Cumberland Plate Handicap over one mile and three furlongs has a standout contender and it’s no surprise to see him trading as favourite.
Masterpaver ran his face off in a Lady Amateur Riders Handicap at York 11-days ago. Fiona McSharry had him on the front end of affairs, which were setting a blistering pace and had the field strung out. Considering he was one of the leading trio and was posted wide for the whole race. When the eventual winner passed he rallied close home and that run was taking considering how the race panned out. Back in the handling of Tony Hamilton he can return to winning ways and claim the prize money.
Keith Dalgleish has an interesting contender in the shape of five year old Sindarban. His recent form has been over hurdles but this son of Teofilo won a maiden at Hamilton last month and is a bit of an unknown prospect. The finish at that track is similar to one he’ll face today plus we now he stays on quick ground over obstacles. The step up in trip and drying ground are likely positives to this player.
Alan Swinbank won this race last year with Kinema – the recent Royal Ascot winner now in the hands of Ralph Beckett. Swinbank saddles four year old Plane Song who carries a six pound penalty for his success at Thirsk just eight days ago. He was all out that day to win by half a length but Swinbank may have just found the key to this former Sir Michael Stoute trained son of Nayef. Daryll Holland takes over in the saddle from Silvestre De Sousa but he could be vulnerable under the penalty.
A Fillies Maiden over a mile is our final port of call where there is one at a price that could be worth chancing.
Not A Whisper shaped well enough on her flat debut after previous efforts in bumpers. She was beaten over three lengths by Queen Alphabet, who won yesterday, and Grey Sky Blue, who has also won since, so that Roscommon maiden is working out quite nicely. Despite the wide draw in stall 16 she might be able to pick up the pieces under Leigh Roach and get involved late on.
John Oxx had his first runner in a while over the weekend and his Star Of Kings is a leading player in this contest. Four runs to date and has a mark of 84, which would be good enough to win a maiden. On her earlier starts last season she was behind Shogun and Lieutenant General. She had a pipe opener over one mile two furlongs at Navan and is dropped back in trip for this one.
Sea Swift was seventh of 16 on debut at Leopardstown behind horses like Claudio Monteverdi and The Gurkha, which doesn’t read too badly. That race was on desperate ground, so this slightly better surface should help this daughter of High Chaparral plus she is likely to have come on for that effort. She is also from a good family of milers. You have to respect anything being saddled by Dermot Weld and ridden by Pat Smullen.
Not A Whisper (E/W)