SOUTH CAPE gets our vote with Pravda Street, Achak and Shaded Edge others to the fore of our thoughts. Golden Desert is the only winner in the last six years to have been sent off at less than 20-1; Katie Walsh is over to ride again and the gelding is just 5lbs higher so he has to rate highly given that he's been performing creditably ever since. The 2007 winner, Middlemarch, is also in the line-up and has dropped back to the mark from which he won this heat and his better efforts this season suggest he's not a forlorn hope. Pravda Street remains open to improvement after just nine career starts and he comes here on the back of a decent effort behind Captain Brilliance at Newmarket but he hasn't always appeared entirely straightforward. It would be no surprise to see Irish raider Achak emerge as the gamble of the race as he teams up with Nina Carberry for the first time. His recent run at Dundalk was his first since November so he was entitled to need the outing. Last year he gave the impression that he'd need the time to fill out so there may well be considerable improvement to come, particularly now that he's fitted in blinkers as he carried his head high when winning his maiden. Shaded Edge returns on the back of a shorter absence but runs well fresh so that's of no concern. He has been quietly progressive, has good polytrack form so could well be suited by the straight course and has an experienced pilot in the plate. That's something that the selection doesn't have but she claims 5lbs and he's 2lbs lower than when last successful before the claim is taken into account. He was a regular in the big Ascot handicaps for Mick Channon, often acquitting himself creditably, and South Cape is capable of making his presence felt in this line-up.
Pravda Street 8-1 (9-8) Raced stands side, led that group over 5f out, prominent with far side, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon hung left to far side group, driven and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Captain Brilliance (9-9) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Golden Desert (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Pulled hard, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 6l behind Big Noise (9-3) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Kings Point (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) In rear, outpaced halfway, never dangerous, last of 9, 6l behind Horatio Carter (9-7) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Jun.
South Cape 22-1 (8-8) Raced stands side, prominent, every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 17th of 29, 16l behind Giganticus (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Achak (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Towards rear, headway into 7th 1f out, kept on without threatening under pressure final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Dandy Boy (9-6) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol.
Secret Night 7-2 (8-13) Waited with in touch, switched right over 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, switched right and ran on, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Lowther (9-5) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Castles In The Air 16-1 (9-8) Keen, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakening when edged left 1f out, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dancourt (8-8) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Desert Dreamer (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Slowly into stride, raced keenly in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 6l behind Arthur's Edge (9-2) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Elna Bright 7-4fav (9-4) Held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on well to go 2nd well inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Captain Jacksparra (9-8) at Lingfield 1m clm stks (6) pol.
Samarinda (USA) 10-1 (9-6) With leader to 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, soon eased when no chance, 14th of 19, 25l behind Trafalgar Bay (9-5) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Agente Parmigiano (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Keen early, mid-division, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 8l behind Secret Society (9-5) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp (2) gf.
My Learned Friend (IRE) 5-4fav (9-13) Held up in touch, headway on outside 3f out, led 2f out, soon ridden, in command final furlong, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Zebrano (9-4) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Led, stayed far side entering straight over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 13l behind Northern Spy (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Halsion Chancer 15-2 (9-3) Prominent on stands' rail, kept on inside final furlong, no chance with leaders far side, 6th of 10, 6l behind C'mon You Irons (9-6) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf.
Arthur's Edge 16-1 (9-2) Made all, riddden well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, won at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Ocean Transit (9-13) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Middlemarch (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Held up, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 11, 16l behind Mount Hadley (9-10) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Shaded Edge 13-2 (8-3) Raced wide, mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Oceana Blue (8-12) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Bomber Command (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Held up in 5th, pushed along 3f out, soon outpaced, kept on one pace final 1f, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Tudor Key (8-9) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-90 (3) pol.
King's Colour 12-1 (8-7) Slowly away, headway 2f out, disputed lead inside final furlong, one pace final 50 yards, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Bassinet (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.