This ancient contest always generates a strong betting market and any significant moves should be monitored closely. Four-year-olds have a good recent record and several from that age group have leading claims. Andrew Balding has sent Restaurateur up from Kingsclere but Ingleby Angel looks high enough in the weights now and Springheel Jake is upped in class after winning a claimer here and a Hamilton handicap, though is in cracking form. TWENTY ONE CHOICE's winning run came to an end in a competitive Ascot handicap last month but he was only beaten a length-and-a-half and there may still be more in the locker. He gets a tentative nod from an inside draw but Pacific Heights is respected having finally opened his account over course and distance last month. Top weight Silvery Moon, Al Muheer and Best Trip could be the pick of the more experienced handicappers taking their chance.
Silvery Moon (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Sam Sharp (9-4) at York 1m 1f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Music In The Rain (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Keen hold tracking leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind It's A Mans World (8-6) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Ingleby Angel (IRE) 15-8fav (9-10) Slowly into stride, pulled hard in touch, effort 2f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind The Rectifier (10-0) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Pacific Heights (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, slightly outpaced over 3f out, headway over 2f out, led 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Shadowtime (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up and off the pace, headway over 2f out, chasing leaderrs and hung left under pressure soon after, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 9l behind Amazing Amoray (8-12) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Al Muheer (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 10l behind Bassara (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Restaurateur (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd 1f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final strides, rider eased up near line, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Ocean Legend (8-13) by ns, 11 ran.
Best Trip (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Led, ridden and headed well inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places close home, 4th of 15, 1l behind Al Muheer (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Karaka Jack 11-4fav (9-4) Held up, headway to challenge when short of room and not clear run until inside final furlong, ridden and ran on strongly, just failed, 2nd of 6, nk behind Classic Colori (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Springheel Jake 7-2 (9-4) Made all, pushed along and edged left over 2f out, ran on, won at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Party Royal (9-4) by 2l, 5 ran.
Green Howard 13-2 (8-11) Behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Suits Me (9-1) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Chookie Royale 3-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Wannabe King (8-13) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Twenty One Choice (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 18, 1 1/4l behind Rockalong (9-6) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Docofthebay (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden and no progress final furlong, 12th of 15, 6l behind Al Muheer (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Toga Tiger (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 18, 8l behind Rockalong (9-6) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Magic Destiny 7-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 7l behind Lahaag (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 19, 3l behind Christmas Light (9-2) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.