Spinning Waters prevailed by only a neck when getting the better of Orbital Orchid over C&D last month. They're difficult to separate here and fifth-placed Miles Of Sunshine could turn the tables on both as he re-opposes on better terms. Blazing Buck won at Ayr recently but needs slower ground to show his best though Stormy Morning has claims on his latest third at Warwick. However, SALONTYRE has improved over hurdles this year and wasn't disgraced in much better company at Ascot on his return to the Flat. He looks capable of repeating last year's success in this race despite a 7lb higher mark.
Salontyre (GER) 9-1 (8-5) In touch on outside, ridden 5f out, outpaced 3f out, rallied over 1f out, plugged on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Zigato (9-6) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Stormy Morning 5-2fav (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken when edged right over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Rare Ruby (9-6) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Now What 9-1 (8-10) Chased leading pair, went 2nd over 3f out, led travelling well 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, one pace and no chance with winner final furlong, stayed on to hold 2nd, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Tweedledrum (9-2) at Chepstow 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd in May.
Im Spartacus 5-1 (9-2) Led 1f, prominent, ridden to chase winner over 4f out, no chance final 2f, 2nd of 7, 16l behind Three White Socks (8-10) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Picot de Say 5-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway well over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Salontyre (9-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun '10.
Orbital Orchid 5-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, nk behind Spinning Waters (8-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Blazing Buck 11-2 (8-9) Held up, progress 11f out, headway on outer to lead over 2f out, soon 3 lengths clear, found extra when pressed inside final furlong, hung right near finish, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May beating Valdan (9-3) by shd, 8 ran.
Miles of Sunshine 7-2 (9-1) Held up, effort over 2f out, outpaced by leading trio over 1f out, 4th of 7, 11l behind Money Money Money (9-7) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Spinning Waters 7-1 (8-7) Led early, chased leaders, ridden to go 2nd over 3f out, led 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on gamely to lead again well inside final furlong, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Orbital Orchid (8-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Court Wing (IRE) 25-1 (8-2) Mid-division and keen, headway over 2f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 3l behind No Time For Tears (7-12) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
The Composer 40-1 (8-9) Held up, 5th when emerged from fog 4f out, ridden and no impression from over 3f out, 5th of 9, 29l behind Saborido (9-8) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Nobbys Girl 66-1 (8-11) Led at steady pace, ridden and headed over 5f out, weakened rapidly, soon tailed off in rear, 7th of 8, well behind Three White Socks (8-5) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.