The last two winners, Bubbly Bellini and WHOZTHECAT, face stiff tasks though the latter has been lightly-raced and performing at a much higher level. He wouldn't be travelling from Yorkshire for the fresh air and can reward each-way support at big odds. Fellow UK travellers Sir Maximilian and Caspian Prince have shot up the weights since finishing 1-2 at Chester but neither can be discounted in an open handicap. There are plenty of three-year-olds with good prospects though the younger generation have a very poor recent record in the race. The very lightly-raced Masai started favourite at Tipperary but finished last though he had easily beaten Kernoff at Dundalk in October and should do better. The latter holds Lady Mega on their run here last month while Shipyard and More Questions fought out a finish at Navan and are difficult to separate.
My Good Brother (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression in 4th 1f out, short of room inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Timeless Call (9-7) at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
Caspian Prince (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, soon faded, 6th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Demora (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Jun.
Green Door (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 4, nk behind Peterkin (8-7) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened 1f out, 21st of 28, 10l behind Louis The Pious (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Whozthecat (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Pressed winner, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind Take Cover (9-1) at York 5f Listed stks (1) gf.
Master Speaker (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, progress between horses and not clear run inside final furlong, went 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Timeless Call (9-7) at Cork 5f Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
Yulong Baoju (IRE) 3-1 (9-9) Held up, 3rd halfway, ridden and progress to lead early final furlong, kept on well, won at Naas 6f fll stks gf beating Colour Blue (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 3 ran.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Chased leading trio, edged right and ridden from over 1f out, stayed on, not quite able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Hopes N Dreams (8-12) at Hamilton 5f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Kernoff (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Held up on outer behind leaders, 7th 2f out, soon ridden and and switched left, headway into 4th 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead inside final furlong, won at Curragh 5f hcp 60-90 gf in Jun beating Lady Mega (9-0) by 2l, 9 ran.
Harry Trotter (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Soon raced in middle group early, last halfway, progress and switched right over 1f out, no impression and kept on final furlong, 8th of 23, 4l behind Line Of Reason (8-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jun.
More Questions (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Towards rear, progress on outer and ridden to lead 1f out, soon edged left, kept on under pressure, headed close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf in Jun.
Masai (IRE) Evensfav (9-4) Always towards rear, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, eased inside final furlong, last of 9, 15l behind My Good Brother (9-4) at Tipperary 5f hcp gf in Jun.
Shipyard (USA) 14-1 (8-10) Prominent in near side group, 3rd halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 10th of 23, 5l behind Line Of Reason (8-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jun.
Wind Inher Sleeves (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 6th 2f out, ridden and no extra 1f out, 9th of 11, 8l behind Shipyard (9-3) at Navan 6f hcp 60-95 gf in Jun.
Lady Mega (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 2nd 2f out, soon ridden, led under 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Kernoff (9-12) at Curragh 5f hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Calm Bay (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Soon led, headed over 3f out, ridden under 2f out and soon dropped to 3rd, no impression inside final furlong and kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Above The Law (8-1) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol.