Michael Appleby's Seneschal made virtually all the running when belying odds of 50/1 when beating Patavium Prince at Brighton last month and he has every chance on that evidence but a 10lb rise for that win makes following up no easy task and a better bet looks to be BELLE DES AIRS, who gets the vote ahead of Sailorman. Mark Johnston's colt is surely better than he showed on his handicap debut at Newmarket last time when last of the nine runners and cannot be discounted having created a favourable impression at Thirsk previously. The Ron Hodges-trained Kyllachy Storm has been running consistently well and should be thereabouts again but he looks booked for place at best, while Michael Blanshard's Copperwood has yet to reproduce Polytrack form on turf. Woodcote Place is hard to recommend on recent form and preference is for Ralph Beckett's Belle des Airs, who bounced back from a disappointing effort behind Kerrys Requiem at Goodwood with a decent effort when chasing home Space Station at Epsom recently and she has solid claims racing off the same mark today.
Belle des Airs (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway on outer when hung left over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Space Station (9-4) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Woodcote Place 6-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division on inside, ridden inside final 2f, no response, 7th of 8, 7l behind Zero Money (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Seneschal 50-1 (9-1) Made all, going well and in command 2f out, ran on well, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun beating Patavium Prince (10-0) by 6l, 8 ran.
Kyllachy Storm 6-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Brandywell Boy (8-1) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Sailorman (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden 2f out, hung left and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 7l behind Suited And Booted (9-9) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Copperwood 13-2 (8-11) Held up, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden to press winner inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Cativo Cavallino (8-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.