Mark Johnston has won this twice in the past four years, both times with horses carrying big weights, so Sir Graham Wade musn't be ruled out as this will be the first time he's raced over this trip since landing a Listed race in France in October. Johnston also runs Fennell Bay, whose victory at Thirsk just gets him into the handicap with a penalty. Rye House was undoubtedly impressive at York but has been raised 9lb as a consequence and both victories to date have been gained on soft ground. Lahaag ran a fine race behind First Mohican over 1m2f at York and steps up to this trip for the first time. His pedigree suggests it's about as far as he would want to go unlike USTURA, who is by Nayef and has already won at the trip. The Godolphin entry is very much a late maturer and the fact that he only won narrowly at Windsor after meeting trouble in-running is a bonus as he's only been raised 4lb and looks well enough handicapped to take this.
Sir Graham Wade (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders until ridden and weakened over 2f out,, 8th of 10, 13l behind Gloomy Sunday (8-11) at Sandown 2m Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Buckland (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, never involved, 12th of 17, 26l behind Address Unknown (9-0) at Chester 2m 3f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in May.
Hammerfest (8-12) won at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 2f stks gd beating Sano Di Pietro (8-12) by shd, 11 ran.
Lahaag 9-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, nk behind First Mohican (9-7) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Blue Surf 3-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 2l behind Resurge (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gs in May.
Stencive 5-2fav (9-10) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind No Heretic (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Rye House (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) In touch, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at York 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May beating Maven (8-11) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Deia Sunrise (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed close up, gamely kept on to lead again close home, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Sep beating Swnymor (8-6) by shd, 11 ran.
Art Scholar (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) In touch in rear, ridden and headway to chase leading pair over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Model Pupil (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f stks (2) sft in Mar.
Communicator 13-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Mount Athos (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Voodoo Prince 3-1fav (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 21l behind Mijhaar (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gs in May.
Caravan Rolls On 4-1fav (8-13) In rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, effort entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Tiger Cliff (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Opinion (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Traced leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind No Heretic (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Mijhaar (9-10) at Hamilton 1m 4f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gs in May.
Highland Castle 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold early, ridden 2f out, headway 1f out, hung left and ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Handsome Man (9-6) by nk, 10 ran.
Hanoverian Baron 14-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 12, hd behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-12) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) sft in May.
Silver Lime (USA) 7-2 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, never able to challenge, 7th of 11, 11l behind Clon Brulee (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Ustura (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, going well when not clear run and switched sharply left 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led post, won at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May beating Duke Of Clarence (8-13) by ns, 7 ran.
The Tiger 6-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind O Ma Lad (9-4) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.