The progressive Gandalak won easily at Newcastle last week and will figure if proving as effective on this faster ground but Brae Hill disappointed last time having gone close in the Lincoln on his return. CHOSEN CHARACTER makes more appeal as he made all to score over track and trip in September and can grab the lead from his inside draw today. He's taken to reverse latest running with Dubai Dynamo, who could only manage fifth in last year's renewal, while Postscript remains 6lb higher than his most recent victory at Sandown. A case can be made for both Hefner and Verse Of Love but they'll need things to fall their way drawn on the outside.
Es Que Love (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, edged left and kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Tartiflette (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Brae Hill (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened soon after, 19th of 25, 27l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Gandalak (FR) 11-8fav (9-6) Made all, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft beating Discression (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Seanie (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Settled in rear, closer early straight, ridden in 7th under 2f out and soon no impression, 7th of 10, 12l behind Cash Or Casualty (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp 60-100 sft in Apr.
Laffan (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Took keen hold and prominent, weakened ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 25, 10l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Dubai Dynamo 10-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 5l behind Norse Blues (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Chosen Character (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Captain Bertie (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Held up in mid-division, headway far side to get in behind leaders 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 25, 6l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Postscript (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Dubawi Island (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Mehdi (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Held up, headway entering final 2f, ridden and no impression final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Balty Boys (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Held up, pushed along 4f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 7l behind Tartiflette (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Weapon Of Choice (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Maverik (9-0) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Hefner (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) In touch, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 14l behind Basseterre (8-8) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Verse Of Love 3-1 (9-3) Chased leader 3f, close 3rd until over 3f out and soon outpaced, rallied over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, last of 6, 1 3/4l behind Mia's Boy (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.