Another open-looking contest in which the market may prove a good guide. Squires Gate wouldn't be far away if allowed to take his chance, while Days Of Summer tackled Group 3 company on his final start as a two-year-old but may be best watched returning from a break. All-weather winners Bassett Road and St Augustine are also making their reappearance as is Chokidar, though Paul Hanagan's booking for the latter catches the eye. No Poppy had Serena's Pride behind at Chester earlier this month but we like the look of REGAL APPROVAL, who is dropped markedly in grade and won at Epsom on the last occasion he competed at this level. Hughie Morrison's charge gets the vote.
Bassett Road (IRE) 8-13fav (9-3) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, soon every chance, led well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Cloud Illusions (8-12) by nk, 4 ran.
Chokidar (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Always prominent, challenged over 2f out, soon edged left, no impression well inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Gentle Lord (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep.
Dasho 14-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Chilworth Lad (9-4) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) fm.
Days Of Summer (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 8l behind Majestic Dubawi (8-12) at Ayr 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
No Poppy (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Dwelt, in rear until some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 13, 10l behind Lexi's Hero (9-7) at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Regal Approval 17-2 (8-2) In touch, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden 2f out, edged left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 9l behind Seal Rock (8-6) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Serena's Pride 11-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, under pressure 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 12l behind Lexi's Hero (9-7) at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Squires Gate (IRE) 2-1fav (8-5) Close up, ridden and hung left over 2f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4l behind Phoebs (8-12) at Windsor 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
St Augustine (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chase leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon led, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Steps (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.