Corporal Maddox fully deserves his place at the head of the handicap but is becoming frustrating. He'll need everything to drop precisely right and if that happens he's likely to notch an elusive success. However, he's not totally trustworthy and GAUL WOOD, a potentially interesting three-year-old in the making, looks a safer option in receipt of 10lb. The Dascombe yard is in fine form and the son of Amadeus Wolf only went down by a head on his third career start at Chester last time. He must surely come on considerably for that and gets the nod. Mingun Bell and Good Authority arrive on the back of victories and complete the shortlist as the remainder look out of form at present.
Corporal Maddox 5-2fav (9-4) Dwelt, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, kept on and always held by winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Elusive Prince (9-8) at Chester 6f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Mingun Bell (USA) 15-8fav (9-6) Dwelt, in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, led 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Alpha Tauri (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Azrael 25-1 (9-2) Pushed along to track leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 38l behind Fulbright (9-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Caldercruix (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 18, 12l behind Street Power (8-11) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Lowther 20-1 (9-7) Held up in 6th, weakened halfway, tailed off, last of 8, 38l behind May Be Some Time (8-12) at Epsom Downs 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Ongoodform (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Keen close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 15, 11l behind Highland Colori (9-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Good Authority (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway and switched left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun beating Choral (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.
George Baker (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon headway, weakened towards finish, 7th of 12, 3l behind Shifting Star (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Kakapuka 40-1 (9-7) Soon crossed over to chase leader, every chance 2f out, dropped to 3rd and one pace final furlong, no extra in 4th close home, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Famous Poet (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Bravo Echo 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden inside final 2f, plugged on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 11th of 18, 9l behind Street Power (8-11) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Fantasy Gladiator 25-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair, switched left over 2f out, chased winner and every chance over 1f out, held when lost 2nd final 135 yards, soon no extra in 4th, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Hefner (9-3) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Gaul Wood (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd last 50 yards, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Our Boy Jack (9-2) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Masai Moon 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 13l behind Fulbright (9-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Cape Rock 12-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 9l behind Fulbright (9-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Dozy Joe 40-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, driven on outside and no progress over 1f out, 7th of 13, 7l behind Famous Poet (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
The Tichborne (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leader until halfway, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Klynch (10-3) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Elegant Flight 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and approaching final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Hilali (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.