The market is a good guide as the biggest priced winner in recent years was 4/1. In his four seasons to race, PASTORAL PLAYER has won twice and run very well on the other two occasions. He's tackling this trip for only the second time but was beaten a neck over this track and trip in a Group 2 last July and that would be good enough. Stipulate has the advantage of a recent run having finished runner-up to Mull Of Killough in a Group 3 at Newmarket when Boom And Bust wasn't far behind. He's tough and consistent so looks certain to get into the mix as does Sovereign Debt, who will enjoy the cut in the ground though he was behind Don't Call Me on his reappearance at Doncaster. Fencing should do well this season after performing at a very high level last year and he may prove the main threat.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Led, pushed along and headed 2f out, weakened and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 6, 4l behind Mull Of Killough (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Chandlery (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind Gabrial (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Don't Call Me (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Dwelt raced wide in touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Gabrial (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Fencing (USA) 4-1fav (9-1) Held up, closed over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challenge, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Fulbright (9-1) at Newmarket 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct.
Fury 25-1 (9-10) Raced near side, held up towards rear, ridden inside final 2f, not much room on rail and switched right approaching final furlong, kept on inside final furlong, never a threat, 10th of 33, 8l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Monsieur Chevalier (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Held up, headway on outer 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr beating Jack Of Diamonds (8-8) by nk, 11 ran.
Pastoral Player 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, challenged winner inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Libranno (9-4) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Sovereign Debt (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance from 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Gabrial (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Stipulate 15-8fav (8-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 5f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Mull Of Killough (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.