Sirjosh won well enough at Yarmouth last time but a 6lb rise for that success may prevent him from following up and preference is for LOYAL ROYAL, who gets the vote ahead of Sermons Mount. Mouse Hamilton-Fairley's gelding has run well in his last two starts but they have both been over seven furlongs and he may not be as effective dropped to six today so may be best watched. Mick Channon's Bateleur ran better at Salisbury last time and has claims along with John Spearing's Nativity, who has been placed in his last two starts but he remains a maiden after 15 outings so may be best watched. The History Man ran his best race of the season on the Polytack at Wolverhampton on his most recent start and he would have every chance if able to reproduce that form back on turf but marginal preference in a tough contest is for Milton Bradley's Loyal Royal, who has shown improved form of late and he looks worth siding with off his current mark.
Stamford Blue 17-2 (8-4) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, unable to quicken, faded final furlong, 11th of 16, 5l behind Dvinsky (9-1) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Charlietoo 33-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 7l behind Metal Guru (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Bateleur 14-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, not clear run over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 16, 2l behind Dvinsky (9-1) at Salisbury 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
The History Man (IRE) 13-2fav (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Only A Game (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Resplendent Alpha 20-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, behind final 2f, 7th of 9, 11l behind Wake Up Call (9-4) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Sermons Mount (USA) 7-2fav (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra near finish, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Yourgolftravel Com (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Sirjosh 12-1 (8-0) Slowly into stride, in rear and soon outpaced, switched right over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong to lead towards finish, ran on, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Maryolini (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Nativity 11-2 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, driven to chase leading pair inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 12, 2l behind Sherjawy (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Hart of Gold 14-1 (8-10) Chased leaders towards inside, pushed along halfway, not much room and switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Radiator Rooney (8-10) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, headway and edged right over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 13, nk behind Only A Game (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Lily Wood 33-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden 3f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, kept on, never nearer, 6th of 13, 6l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec.
Ensign's Trick 66-1 (8-2) In touch, pushed along halfway, soon lost place, 15th of 16, 35l behind Spring Goddess (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m clm stks (6) gf in Oct.
Emiratesdotcom 14-1 (8-10) Ran in snatches, mid-division, behind final 4f, 9th of 13, 20l behind Dazzling Begum (8-13) at Folkestone 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Talamahana 33-1 (7-13) Behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Radiator Rooney (8-10) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Top Flight Splash 16-1 (8-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 16, 9l behind Musical Script (8-13) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.