Always a tough race to call and this year is no different, with JEWELLED DAGGER a tentative pick ahead of Jonny Lesters Hair and Fishforcompliments. The last-named has never won beyond 6f, although he has at least proved that he stays this far. He has slipped in the weights to a very attractive mark and is entitled to be right there at the business end. Jonny Lesters Hair won over course and distance last month and is 5lbs higher today, but conditions will suit and he should go well. The ground may be a bit quick for Bonnie Prince Blue, while the competition might be too strong for Carlisle selling winner Royal Straight, and Ailsa Craig looks a better proposition under a 6lb penalty for scoring here earlier in the month. Whipma Whopma Gate is weighted up to the hilt and would prefer some cut, and we will side with Jewelled Dagger. Jim Goldie's gelding is a risky proposition as he hasn't won since 2007. However, he goes on this ground, sees out a bit further than this trip, and he comes here in good form after his last run at Ayr. Kieren Fallon partners him for the first time and he could make plenty of use of the six-year-old's stamina and that might be enough to return him to winning ways.
Bonnie Prince Blue 15-8fav (9-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, not much room over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon ridden and switched right to inner inside final furlong, kept on just held near finish, 3rd of 14, hd behind Chosen One (9-1) at Thirsk 6f sell stks (5) gd in May.
Fishforcompliments 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Capone (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked winner until over 3f out, kept on on to chase winner inside final furlong, ridden and kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Templetuohy Max (9-1) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Halsion Chancer 14-1 (8-10) Slowly away, soon in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, switched left 1f out, ran on towards finish, 4th of 14, 2l behind Dukes Art (9-0) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Toto Skyllachy 5-2fav (8-10) Raced far side, tracked leaders, ridden and hung left to stand side group over 2f out, soon weakened and eased, 7th of 9, 27l behind Guilded Warrior (9-3) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Global 33-1 (8-11) In touch, weakened 2f out, 13th of 16, 22l behind Victoria Sponge (9-2) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Sedgwick 6-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, stayed on strongly, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Jawaab (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Veroon (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Jo'burg (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Shadowtime 9-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division on outside, ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, plugged on same pace after, 6th of 13, 6l behind Major Phil (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Jonny Lesters Hair (IRE) 9-4fav (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, driven to regain lead close home, won at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Silver Rime (9-1) by hd, 9 ran.
Black N Brew (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Raced wide, mid-division, ridden 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Agapanthus (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Chief Red Cloud (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, effort on inside well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Harriet's Girl (9-2) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Royal Straight 15-8 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, driven to lead final strides, won at Hamilton 1m 4yo sell stks (6) gf beating Stellite (9-0) by shd, 6 ran.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Pressed leader over 1f, prominent, went 2nd again over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Classic Descent (8-5) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Whipma Whopma Gate (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Abu Dubai (8-11) at Pontefract 1m fll hcp (5) gf.