Zacynthus has the ground in his favour and made a promising reappearance behind Dubai Dynamo at Thirsk. He has to go on the short-list for this along with recent Yarmouth third King Of Jazz, who looks to be coming to hand. Shesastar can never be ignored here while Sam Nombulist is also a course and distance winner, though prefers softer ground and might need this. Alejandro is starting to look well treated but this may be too tough for Al's Memory and old Docofthebay. ESCAPE TO GLORY should be ready to strike now after a couple of runs. He stayed on late over 6f here earlier in the month so the extra furlong looks ideal and he's only a pound higher than for his last win.
Able Master (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, came stand side over 3f out, outpaced when not much room over 2f out, ridden and one pace over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 13, 7l behind No Poppy (8-10) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Zacynthus (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 4l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Dubai Hills 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, lost 3rd 1f out, no extra and dropped to 5th final stride, 5th of 8, 4l behind Arnold Lane (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gd in Apr.
Mezzotint (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 6l behind Farmleigh House (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Fast Finian (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Al's Memory (IRE) 17-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 1l behind York Glory (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Sam Nombulist 25-1 (8-9) Led far side group and overall leader, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 20, 5l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Escape To Glory (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and chased leaders and chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 5l behind Enrol (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Poetic Dancer 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3l behind Chapter And Verse (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Roninski (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon switched right, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Yair Hill (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Always behind, 10th of 13, 13l behind Yair Hill (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Alejandro (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Led far side, headed by far side group 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 10l behind Gandalak (9-3) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Shesastar 14-1 (10-0) Dwelt, in rear, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 8l behind Lilac Lace (8-8) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Docofthebay (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Keen tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Tartiflette (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.