A well-polished pin may be just as effective as the form book for this wide-open sprint. Only one three-year-old, Servoca, has won this in the last six years and he was also the only one to be drawn lower than 16 which suggests Kyllachy Rise, Birdman, Secret Look and Flyman have it all to do. The in-form Lancelot Du Lac should make a bold bid to complete the hat-trick, however, while Secret Witness is back on the same mark as when third in the Portland Handicap here last month though, along with stable companion Prodigality, was behind Ancient Cross when Mick Easterby's charge was second in this 12 months ago. Gramercy would have claims on his latest third over 7f at Ascot but it would be no surprise if PEARL ICE were to reverse the form of that race dropping back to his best trip He won over track and trip last month and is 9lb better off than when just beaten by Spinatrix at Ripon earlier. Rodrigo De Torres is fairly handicapped if back on song.
Spinatrix 16-1 (9-4) With leader, every chance over 1f out, soon hard ridden, no extra final furlong, 5th of 19, 3l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Royal Rock 33-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders inside final 2f, no extra final furlong, 10th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Heaven's Guest (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs.
Tiddliwinks 4-1fav (8-9) Broke well, soon pushed along in mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Rocky Ground (8-8) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Morache Music 20-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 14th of 15, 18l behind Tropics (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Ancient Cross 20-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, faded final furlong, 7th of 19, 4l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Louis The Pious 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 19, 7l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Secret Witness 25-1 (9-3) Hampered start, always behind, 16th of 19, 13l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 3-1fav (9-7) In rear, good headway towards far side to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at York 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep beating Secondo (9-5) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Birdman (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 14th of 17, 13l behind Intibaah (9-4) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Our Jonathan 11-1 (9-4) Raced far side, led group until approaching halfway, stayed chasing leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 27, 8l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft.
Prodigality 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place inside final 2f, weakend final furlong, 11th of 15, 12l behind Tropics (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Pearl Ice 50-1 (9-8) Raced far side, held up in mid division, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 21st of 27, 16l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft.
Clear Spring (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division stand side, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on and no impression, 11th of 27, 7l behind Ancient Cross (9-10) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Gramercy (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Raced near side, chased leaders, led group over 2f out, ran on well, headed well inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 27, 2 1/4l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft.
Yeeoow (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders stand side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 27, 4l behind Ancient Cross (9-10) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Kyllachy Rise 5-2fav (9-11) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, never any impression on winner and lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Iptisam (9-0) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Rodrigo De Torres 16-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 16l behind Doc Hay (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Fast Shot 9-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 6l behind Doc Hay (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Secret Look 3-1 (8-8) In touch in rear, ridden and edged right over 2f out, kept on same pace, not trouble leader, 4th of 6, 5l behind Hopes N Dreams (8-5) at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) gs in Sep.
Misplaced Fortune 16-1 (9-1) Raced wide in touch, pushed along over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Chookie Royale (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Flyman 8-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 17l behind Consign (9-1) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Bop It 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace and beaten over 1f out, 9th of 19, 6l behind Take Cover (9-4) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.