Oh Ma Lad won this off a higher mark last year and has to come into the reckoning but the veteran Categorical is 8lb higher than his last win on the Flat in 2012. Jonny Delta scored over today's trip at Musselburgh last month but is worse off with runner-up SIRVINO. The latter only has a neck to make up and gets the vote to take his revenge. Neither Linguine nor Aryal are the most reliable but Pixie Cut has a shout on her recent third over 1m4f as she'll likely improve for the longer trip.
Sirvino 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, switched left over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Jonny Delta (8-5) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Linguine (FR) 33-1 (8-12) Prominent, led after 2f, headed over 3f out, soon lost place, 12th of 14, 27l behind Elidor (8-12) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Apr.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 8l behind Elidor (8-12) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Apr.
Jonny Delta 12-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr beating Sirvino (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Aryal 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leader until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 48l behind Beacon Lady (8-9) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Categorical 11-2 (11-0) Pulled hard early, tracked leaders, steadied and dropped out last after 2f, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, shd behind Ballyheigue (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Apr.
Pixie Cut (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Brigadoon (9-5) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.