TURN ME ON has plenty going for him here and is taken to defy a 2lb rise and make it a fourth success at the track, although Ancient Cross and Malcheek can have a say. The last-named is likely to need a career-best to win this given the strength of the contest and the fact that he is 4lbs higher than his best win, which came two starts ago at Wolverhampton. Despite that, with the yard in good form and trip and ground to suit, plus course form to his name, he can go close. Ancient Cross has been well placed by Mick Easterby to win two of his last four starts, including over course and distance. Although he acts on good to firm he appears best on genuine good ground so unless there is a drop of rain he might be rushed off his feet, especially from this mark. Beaver Patrol has been much better than this in the past, but he has shown little for some time now and there are definite concerns over his stamina at this distance. Beckermet is another who has been significantly better in former days, but whose losing runs stretches back three years, and preference is for Turn Me On. The selection thrived in the spring last year when scoring both here and at Thirsk, and he hit form again last time when a firm ground course and distance winner from a mark of 80. From just 2lbs higher he is a confident pick to follow-up.
Internationaldebut (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Held up, no progress over 2f out, 18th of 29, 8l behind Dandy Boy (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf.
Cheviot (USA) 11-4fav (9-3) Led, raced keenly, hung badly left over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mujood (9-4) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Hajoum (IRE) 10-3fav (8-13) Held up towards rear and off the pace, headway over 1f out, pushed along and ran on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Captain Carey (8-11) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) Held up in last trio, always behind, no chance final 2f, 9th of 10, 18l behind Ezdeyaad (8-10) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Beckermet (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Beaver Patrol (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon beaten, 11th of 13, 10l behind Rileyskeepingfaith (9-1) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Malcheek (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Pulled hard tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 13l behind Ezdeyaad (8-12) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Turn Me On (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, headway when hung left over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, held on, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fm beating Avontuur (8-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Ancient Cross 7-2 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Game Lad (8-10) at Carlisle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.