Boom Or Bust is proving hard to win with and has now scored just the once since 2011. He has the beating of Custom Cut and Emell but finished behind Fencing at Ascot in May. The latter floundered in a couple of subsequent starts after that Listed success and needs to prove more robust this season. GUEST OF HONOUR is also a Listed winner but ran even better when third in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Goodwood in July. Marco Botti's charge has every chance at this level and gets the nod ahead of Graphic. The latter did nothing but improve in handicaps last year and is not easily overlooked as he returns to action but the remainder have a bit to find on today's terms, although a fillies' allowance helps the cause of Butterfly McQueen.
Boom And Bust (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Raced centre, chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 11l behind Soft Falling Rain (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Custom Cut (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out to over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Lockwood (9-0) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Emell 7-4fav (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, last of 5, 4l behind The Rectifier (9-2) at Kempton 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Feb.
Fencing (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 2f out, soon edged right and ridden, still pressing leaders 1f out, weakened towards finish, 6th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Garswood (8-9) at Goodwood 7f Grp 2 (1) gs in Jul.
Graphic (IRE) 5-4fav (9-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd after 1f until over 5f out, chased leading pair, pushed along over 2f out, soon not quicken, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sirius Prospect (9-4) at Kempton 1m Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Guest of Honour (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Raced centre, in touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 19l behind Soft Falling Rain (9-3) at Newmarket 1m Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Santefisio 20-1 (9-3) Keen in rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 5l behind Chookie Royale (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol.
Tales Of Grimm (USA) 8-1 (9-2) 15th of 16, 18l behind Avon Pearl (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
Butterfly Mcqueen (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 8l behind Seek Again (9-5) at York 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.