Kashgar completed a hat-trick when landing this race a year ago but though he continues to run well he's 10lb higher and facing a stiff task. He had Teak five lengths behind when runner-up to Number One London at Goodwood and though the latter has won subsequently he's unlikely to reverse the form. Nashville is very consistent and has won around here though would probably prefer some rain so it's MISS MACNAMARA who is given the nod on her hat-trick attempt as she acts on any ground and was a convincing winner of both recent starts at Catterick. Taste The Wine has been in good form though in lower grade handicaps than this but Vicky Valentine has yet to prove she stays this far.
Kashgar 9-1 (8-11) Held up, headway over 4f out, ridden to press winner 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Number One London (8-9) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Snowy Dawn 7-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Spice Fair (9-2) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Teak (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) In touch, headway on inner over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven and ran on, won at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Rosairlie (9-10) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Nashville (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Caledonia (8-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, led after 2f, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra and lost 4th towards finish, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Hallstatt (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Miss Macnamara (IRE) 11-10fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May beating Cool Baranca (8-3) by 3l, 6 ran.
Vicky Valentine 12-1 (8-4) In touch, hampered 2f out, ran on closing stages, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Wilhana (9-2) at Chester 1m 4f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Held up in touch, smooth headway 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, stayed on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Annaluna (8-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.