Steps had Secret Witness and Judge 'n Jury behind when winning last year's renewal. But he's 3lb higher today and a repeat may prove beyond him. Doc Hay won a Listed event at Ascot three weeks ago and beat several of today's opponents at York last month including CAPTAIN DUNNE. The latter looked much more like his old self when runner-up at York a fortnight ago, however and, 10lb lower than his latest win, Tim Easterby's sprinter looks set to run a big race in this. Kaldoun Kingdom and Jamaican Bolt have a bit to find with the selection on latest running and though Ballista remains in fine form, he'd prefer a faster surface along with Cheviot. A drop back to the minimum trip is a worry for the hat-trick-seeking Jack Dexter but York Glory could figure at his best.
Doc Hay (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead closing stages, won at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft beating Free Zone (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Secret Witness 40-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, soon lost place, 10th of 11, 23l behind Mince (8-11) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Cheviot (USA) 25-1 (9-5) In touch center, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 26, 38l behind Captain Ramius (9-0) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) hvy in Sep.
Ballista (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Raced stands side, led this pair, close up with centre group, headway to be overall leader over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in Sep beating Temple Meads (8-9) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Mirza 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway and switched left over 2f out, pressing leaders entering final furlong, weakened and eased final 100 yards, 9th of 14, 8l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft.
Judge 'n Jury 20-1 (9-8) Raced far side, chased leaders over 3f, soon weakened , eased final furlong, last of 16, 30l behind Face The Problem (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Sep.
Mass Rally (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakening when not much room over 1f out, last of 14, 19l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft.
Jack Dexter 11-2 (8-13) Raced far side, held up, steady headway on rail over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, led group inside final furlong, edged left and led overall in closing stages, won at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft beating Loving Spirit (9-2) by hd, 26 ran.
Ponty Acclaim (IRE) 13-2fav (9-7) Missed break, outpaced when switched towards centre over 2f out, never able to challenge, eased inside final furlong, last of 15, 24l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-4) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Dungannon 14-1 (9-2) Held up, headway when hampered over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on final 100 yards, went 2nd post, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Pearl Blue (9-1) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
York Glory (USA) 9-4fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Damika (8-6) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Jun.
Ajjaadd (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Squeezed out leaving stalls, held up towards rear, switched right and headway towards far side over 2f out, ridden and hung right from over 1f out, ran on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Prodigality (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Tax Free (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on and edged left, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Kool Henry (8-1) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gs in Sep.
Move In Time 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on stands side rail, ridden inside final 2f, no impression final furlong, 8th of 15, 6l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-4) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Kyleakin Lass 14-1 (8-11) Raced stand side, mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Face The Problem (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Sep.
Steps (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Awkward start, soon not much room, held up, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Pearl Blue (9-1) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Barnet Fair 16-1 (8-5) Chased leaders stand side group, took keen hold, kept on final furlong, 4th of 20, 1 3/4l behind Doc Hay (8-11) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed final 75 yards, no extra, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Pearl Blue (9-1) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Mister Manannan (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Missed break, always detatched in rear, never any chance, last of 14, 26l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm in Sep.
Moorhouse Lad 50-1 (9-0) Prominent, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Cheviot (9-7) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fm in Sep.
Kaldoun Kingdom (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Raced near side, held up in rear, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, one pace entering final furlong, well held by leaders far side, 13th of 26, 6l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft.