Eradicate is preferred to Escape Route and Mr Aviator amongst others. Joe Fanning excels at timing the fractions and was seen at his best when nursing Eradicate home over a mile and a half at Musselburgh. He's not well treated under his penalty but he returns to his optimum trip and looks capable of fulfilling the promise that he showed at the start of last season. None of his opponents regularly make the running so there's every chance that he'll be allowed to dictate his own pace once again and that could make the difference between winning and losing. Mr Aviator is on a career high mark but should be involved as should Escape Route who arguably has the more scope. Connections seem to have ironed out the latter's quirks and he has improved for the step up to this trip of late; he is feared. Of the remainder, Emirates Skyline went off the boil last year and has a bit to prove as a consequence, Rationale could get tapped for toe, Ladies Best wouldn't need to find a great deal to feature but is usually held up and will need the gaps to appear as will Smart Instinct who is on a winning mark and has the ability but needs the cards to drop right. There are no such concerns for our selection and ERADICATE is taken to make every post a winning one.
Eradicate (IRE) 5-2 (8-9) Made all, ridden over 2f out, just held on, won at Hamilton 1m 4f lst hcp (1) gf in May beating Turbo Linn (9-4) by a hd, 5 ran.
Emirates Skyline (USA) 13-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, tracking leaders, going well enough when not clear run inside final 2f, soon ridden and found no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 5l behind Championship Point (9-10) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-110 (2) gd in Jul.
Mr Aviator (USA) 11-10fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, stayed on inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Watamu (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in May.
Escape Route (USA) 9-4fav (9-1) Chased leaders, closed 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, ran on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Mull of Dubai (8-4) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Ladies Best 16-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Folk Opera (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Smart Instinct (USA) 11-2 (9-1) Held up, ridden along over 2f out, headway when not much room over 1f out, switched right and stayed on final furlong, 5th of 13, 2l behind Capable Guest (8-12) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Rationale (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Philatelist (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Shake On It 7-2 (9-2) Keen, held up towards rear, headway on outer 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Ask The Butler (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcap (4) gf in May.
Northern Spy (USA) 11-2 (8-11) Held up, pushed along 3f out, no impression final 2f, 7th of 9, 6l behind Orchard Supreme (9-2) at Goodwood 1m hcap (4) gd in May.
Moheebb (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Held up, headway on inside 2f out, staying on when not clear run over 1f out, switched left, stayed on well final furlong, no impression, 4th of 8, 9l behind Exit Smiling (8-7) at Ripon 1m hcap (3) sft.