Only one winner of this in the last 10 years has started at less than 11/1 which just about sums up the problems punters face. A few of these contested last year's race with Doc Hay coming out on top but third SECRET WITNESS, who was only beaten a length and half, is 10lb better off and makes plenty of appeal at his likely starting price. Barnet Fair, Ancient Cross, Prodigality and Steps weren't far behind but all are worse off at the weights and Ron Harris' seven-year-old can be forgiven his run in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon last time when he was drawn on the unfavoured stands' side. Ajjaadd was runner-up in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood last month, just ahead of Burwaaz and the luckless Racy, and has decent claims again while Chester scorer El Viento makes more appeal than fellow recent winners Bogart, Confessional and Zero Money at the weights with George Chaloner taking off 5lb. Definightly and Magical Macey look to have too much weight but Elusivity has each-way possibilities if you ignore an unexplained poor effort in a Nottingham conditions race last time.
Definightly 10-1 (9-7) In touch 3f, soon weakened, last of 8, 27l behind Heeraat (9-3) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Bogart 7-1 (9-7) Prominent near side, led over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on well, won at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug beating Goldream (9-1) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Magical Macey (USA) 8-1 (9-11) Chased leaders centre, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 7l behind Justineo (9-11) at Doncaster 5f listed stks (1) gs.
Steps (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) Held up in last trio, headway 2f out, went 2nd when not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, stayed on, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Ahtoug (9-6) at Ascot 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.
Confessional 15-2 (9-2) Raced centre tracked leader, overall leader over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs beating Harrison George (8-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Inxile (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 13th of 15, 13l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Elusivity (IRE) 7-4fav (8-11) Raced wide prominent, ridden halfway, short lived effort inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Stepper Point (8-11) at Nottingham 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.
Doc Hay (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly away, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 7th of 15, 4l behind Stepper Point (9-0) at Beverley 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Aug.
Zero Money (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Pushed along to track leader, ridden over 2f out, led entering final furlong, edged left and ran on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Clear Spring (9-4) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Ajjaadd (USA) 66-1 (8-9) Close up centre group, stayed on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 27, 2 1/4l behind Rex Imperator (9-4) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
El Viento (FR) 9-2 (9-0) Taken to post early, slow into stride soon bustled along in rear, headway over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ran on strongly to lead, won going away, won at Chester 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug beating New Fforest (8-6) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Secret Witness 20-1 (8-13) Raced near side, always behind, 19th of 20, 14l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Prodigality 9-1 (8-7) Raced far side, chased leaders on outside of group, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 20, 7l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Ancient Cross 25-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, never involved, 13th of 17, 7l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Racy 7-1 (9-6) Raced centre close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Confessional (9-2) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Pressed leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind El Viento (9-0) at Chester 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Doctor Parkes 6-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, held when hampered inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind El Viento (9-0) at Chester 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Our Jonathan 15-2 (9-10) Raced centre, in touch, under pressure over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 9l behind Gramercy (8-13) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Monsieur Chevalier (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders stands side, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 10th of 17, 10l behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd.
Barnet Fair 9-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 17, 2l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Burwaaz 150-1 (9-4) 11th of 13, 35l behind Moonlight Cloud (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 1m Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 18-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden and still chance over 1f out, weakening when eased in closing stages, 11th of 17, 5l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.