Now back in Dubai, Paul Hanagan had originally intended to ride Eshtibaak ahead of his more strongly-fancied stablemate LAHAAG. But the latter looked the more progressive of that pair last year when landing a double before beaten a head by today's opponent Chapter Seven at York. John Gosden's charge has plenty of scope for further improvement this season and gets the vote. Brae Hill is back on the same mark as when winning last year's renewal but has yet to win in soft ground, unlike his stablemates Majestic Myles and Justonefortheroad, who both have apprentices on board today. The well-backed Captain Bertie could only manage fourth in the Spring Mile last season and is 9lb higher than when winning at Newbury in April while Gladys' Gal was a progressive three-year-old but hasn't raced since 2011. Strictly Silver has yet to race on soft going but won a trial for this at Wolverhampton three weeks ago and makes more appeal than the likes of Chosen Character and Swiftly Done. Dermot Weld thought enough of Hit The Jackpot to run him in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last year and he could go well on his debut for a new yard.
Majestic Myles (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear and pulled hard, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Libranno (9-4) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Mid-division stand side, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead stand side group approaching 1f out, kept on and no chance with far side leaders, 6th of 20, 4 1/2l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Chapter Seven 5-1 (9-0) Awkwardly away, soon mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind True To Form (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Dec.
Memory Cloth 40-1 (9-10) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 21l behind Strictly Silver (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) In touch, switched right 2f out, headway soon after, every chance when ridden and hung left 1f out, soon straightend, led towards finish, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol beating Guest of Honour (9-4) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Hit The Jackpot (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up in 4th and took keen hold, 5th from halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, no extra, last of 5, 16l behind Light Heavy (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) in May.
Brae Hill (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 17l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Lahaag 11-8fav (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, led and edged left from over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Chapter Seven (9-3) at York 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Global Village (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 5l behind Strictly Silver (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Justonefortheroad 10-1 (9-3) Held up, pushed along over 2f out, headway on rail over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led post, won at Leicester 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct beating Shamaal Nibras (9-4) by shd, 7 ran.
Captain Bertie (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Raced far side, chased leaders effort when groups merged over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 14, 6l behind Skilful (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Eshtibaak (IRE) 9-2 (9-13) Close up, not clear run over 2f out, headway when not clear run 1f out, not recover, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Ahzeemah (8-9) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Swiftly Done (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, switched right to race far side, held up in rear, limited progress inside final furlong, never a factor, 18th of 33, 13l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Muffin Mcleay (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, eased, never a factor, last of 12, 37l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 11, 7l behind Tarooq (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcap (2) pol.
Gladys' Gal 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon grabbed stands side rail, ran on, pushed out, won at Doncaster 7f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Jul '11 beating No Poppy (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Anderiego (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 17th of 26, 10l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Chosen Character (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Led, joined 3f out, kept on gamely until ridden and headed over 1f out, soon carried slightly left, kept on same pace and well held, kept on to hold 2nd, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Benzanno (8-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Jack's Revenge (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear far side group, headway over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 20, 3/4l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Bancnuanaheireann (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, headway when hampered over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Viewpoint (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Levitate 66-1 (8-9) Raced far side, towards rear, pushed along and struggling 3f out, never a factor, 27th of 33, 24l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Dubai Dynamo 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Benzanno (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol.