Last month's Nottingham fourth, ASCRIPTION, won't have to improve much on his handicap debut to land this. Ed Dunlop's charge looks unlikely to justify his 400,000euros price tag but a race of this nature should be within his capabilities. Silvas Romana patently failed to stay the longer trip at Chester last time but won over a mile at Sandown before that and can figure while Medieval Bishop ended last season with victory at Salisbury and should be winning more races this year. Bitaphon won on fast ground at Nottingham in May and wouldn't want anymore rain while the lightly-raced Exclusive Dancer is another to consider.
Silvas Romana (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, lost place over 2f out, last of 11, 18l behind Clon Brulee (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Medieval Bishop (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied to regain lead post, won at Salisbury 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct beating No Compromise (8-6) by ns, 10 ran.
Fabled City (USA) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, soon pushed along, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 9l behind Philipstown (9-3) at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
On The Hoof 14-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside 3f out, soon one pace, never able to challenge, last of 8, 7l behind Trail Blaze (9-6) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Passionada 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 14l behind Xinbama (9-1) at Haydock 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Ascription (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra and lost 3rd place inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Razorbill (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Bitaphon (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 10l behind Andalieb (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun.
Gabrial's Gift (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, every chance 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 4l behind Mrs Greeley (9-13) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Elbow Beach 25-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, weakened 2f out, 4th of 5, 7l behind Magic Destiny (8-13) at Haydock 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Chester Aristocrat 4-1 (8-5) Chased leaders for about half a furlong until quickly lost place when started to buck, soon pulled up, in a race won by Our Boy Jack (9-2) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) sft, 11 ran.
Exclusive Dancer 11-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Circle Of Angels (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Hi There (IRE) 7-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, effort over 2f out, lost 3rd place over 1f out, one pace, last of 4, 5l behind Indepub (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Jun.
Haywain 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leading pair, hit rail and lost place 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 9, 15l behind Sabhan (9-4) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Moataz (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 10l behind Clon Brulee (9-6) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.