Lord Buffhead finished just ahead of Wicked Wilma when fourth over track and trip last time but Dartrix makes more appeal than that pair on his earlier victory at Newcastle. Weetentherty scored in soft ground at Musselburgh in October but returns to action on a 6lb higher mark so MANDALAY KING looks the one to be on. He showed signs of a return to form when runner-up over course and distance last week and looks set to score racing off a 10lb lower mark than when winning at Ripon last season.
Mandalay King (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Nasharra (9-5) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Dartrix 3-1fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Chosen One (8-11) at Catterick 5f app hcp (6) gd in Apr.
Lord Buffhead 17-2 (9-3) Slowly into stride, pushed along towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Two Turtle Doves (8-10) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Weetentherty 40-1 (8-9) Steadied start, pushed along in mid-division, headway when hung away from opponants whip entering final furlong, ran on to lead close home, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct beating Angelo Poliziano (8-8) by hd, 12 ran.
Wicked Wilma (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 3l behind Two Turtle Doves (8-10) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Man Of My Word 12-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 16l behind Tooley Woods (8-13) at Chepstow 7f hcp (6) gd.
Rock Canyon (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 9th of 10, 17l behind Distant Sun (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Bondi Beach Boy 100-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 16, 27l behind Kuwait Star (9-3) at Redcar 7f mdn stks (5) hvy in Oct.