Borderlescott got a good lead from a low draw to beat Masamah in last year's renewal. Drawn on the inside once again, he doesn't have much early pace around him this time and another former winner in TANGERINE TREES is preferred. The latter is drawn near to the speedy Minalisa and his latest run behind subsequent Nunthorpe winner Jwala gives him every chance on collateral form with the likes of York Glory and Caledonia Lady. Bryan Smart's charge will need to reverse latest running with stablemate Excelette, but the latter has a high draw to overcome and so does the highest rated horse in the race, Ballista, and the three-year-old Baileys Jubilee. Stepper Point arrives in good form but would appreciate some ease in the ground having beaten Inxile in a conditions race at Nottingham on his latest start.
Ballista (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Broke smartly, led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Hitchens (9-7) at Chester 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Borderlescott 33-1 (9-2) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 20, 6l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd.
Cheviot (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden inside final furlong, weakened final 100 yards, 8th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Doc Hay (USA) 100-1 (9-4) Keen tracked leaders, ridden halfway, hung right over 1f out, soon weakened, 14th of 19, 6l behind Sole Power (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Inxile (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Raced wide prominent, ridden halfway, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Stepper Point (8-11) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Masamah (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Led until over 1f out, soon hung right under pressure, weakening when hampered entering final furlong, 8th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Moviesta (8-12) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Stepper Point 7-2 (8-11) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden halfway, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd beating Inxile (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Stonefield Flyer 33-1 (8-8) 12th of 13, 13l behind Dux Scholar (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp gd in Feb.
Tangerine Trees 15-2 (9-0) Raced towards far side, with leader, lost place and ridden 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 6l behind Jwala (8-9) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
York Glory (USA) 25-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Jwala (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Caledonia Lady 66-1 (9-8) Towards rear, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 10th of 17, 5l behind Jwala (9-8) at York 5f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Excelette (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Raced centre, disputed lead, driven 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Jwala (8-9) at York 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jul.
Minalisa 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden when stumbled over2f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, one pace towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Artistic Jewel (9-4) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Baileys Jubilee 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 18l behind Hot Snap (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Pearl Sea (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Led, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 12, 5l behind Artistic Jewel (9-4) at Pontefract 6f fll lst stks (1) gf.