HOT SPARK has won over this course and distance as recently as last month and Brannagh looks good on the pick of his form whilst Timeless Stride represents the one of the classiest yards. There is more to come from Hot Spark who beat Unshakeable Will when last seen at this track. If showing that sort of performance again here there is every chance he can improve on a decent runner-up place at Haydock last time out. Brannagh may have preference for a furlong further given pedigree and recent performances. Timeless Stride seems to like the faster ground and coming from a yard with such a fantastic record it is hard to rule him out of calculations. Sabatini had some really good runs on the all-weather last year but disappointed on seasonal reappearance at Newmarket and is overlooked today and Murura hasn't been as good on turf as the artificial. We prefer to look at the form of Hot Spark and think he can win this contest.
Sabatini (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Raced wide, intouch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 6l behind Fly Silca Fly (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Hot Spark 11-2 (8-11) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Victory Ide Say (9-7) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Pycian 25-1 (9-3) Keen early, tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced 3f out, soon edged left, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 15l behind Fibs And Flannel (8-6) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Brannagh (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Dwelt, held up, progress to 3rd 3f out, switched left over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Tres Coronas (9-1) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Call To Arms (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Led, ridden headed 2f out, soon beaten, eased inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 27l behind London Gold (9-4) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Timeless Stride (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and effort on outside 2f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Kellys Eye (9-2) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Murura (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 2f out, 8th of 12, 11l behind Ginger Ted (9-5) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.