John Dunlop has won the last two runnings of this contest but his Fleeting Tiger looked a very modest performer in three runs last year. There may be more to come from Grumeti now he tackles handicaps, however, while Tagansky and Zamina bring winning form into this race having scored at Wolverhampton and Nottingham respectively last time. Unknown Rebel only went down by a short-head at Beverley on his reappearance and Iron Green was second at Wolverhampton earlier this month but preference is for BARNUM, who was just beaten on the Polytrack 11 days ago and could well improve further now his attention is switched to turf.
Experimentalist 17-2 (9-2) Led 1f, soon tracking leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Burj Alzain (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (4) pol in Oct.
Tileyf (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Chased leading pair, ridden and hung right 2f out, weakened over 1 fout, 7th of 14, 8l behind Sadler's Risk (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Tagansky 5-4fav (8-8) Held up in touch, not clear run over 3f out or over 2f out, came between horses to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb beating Black Pond (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Barnum (USA) 5-2fav (9-0) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, headway to lead 5f out, ridden and joined over 1f out, stayed on and edged left well inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 5, hd behind Bertie Blu Boy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Stakes (0-70) (3yo) (5) pol.
Star Commander 5-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Escholido (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Zamina (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on inside 3f out, switched right over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Looksmart (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Maratib (USA) 100-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, kept on steadily inside final furlong, never a threat, 8th of 12, 6l behind Star Surprise (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.
Four Nations (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Alway in rear, 9th of 11, 7l behind Safari Team (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Corvette 100-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on steadily inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 7l behind Izzi Top (9-0) at Windsor 1m mdn fll stks (5) gf.
Grumeti 50-1 (9-3) Mid division far side, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, every chance until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 10l behind Fulgur (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Unknown Rebel (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Led, hard driven over 2f out, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, rallied close home, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Bouggatti (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Ponte Di Rosa 100-1 (7-5) Dwelt, always behind, 14th of 15, 20l behind Honeymead (8-2) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Iron Green (FR) 5-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in 4th, went 3rd over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, chased winner after, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Romeo Montague (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Valdaw 12-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon headway, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Beach Babe (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Smart George (IRE) 5-4fav (8-9) Pushed along towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 4l behind Beach Babe (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Indian Wish (USA) 8-1 (8-8) 3rd of 6, 10l behind Yair Hill (8-13) at Folkestone 7f mdn stks (5) gf.
Fleeting Tiger 100-1 (9-3) Dwelt, behind most of way, 10th of 14, 16l behind Census (9-3) at Bath 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Dune Island 100-1 (8-6) Mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 10th of 13, 19l behind Cassini Flight (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.