Favourites have a good record in this contest and POLAR VENTURE will be somewhere near the head of the market. He's won three of his six starts on Polytrack and was just denied at Kempton in March by the progressive Yeeoow. Willie Haggas' charge is taken to make a winning debut on Turf and is preferred to Saloomy. The latter will have come on for his first start for a new trainer at Ascot and will be winning soon off his current mark while top weight Whozthecat isn't out of this after a close-up second at Thirsk last Saturday. My Son Max had been in good form before disappointing at Newmarket last time and Chester Aristocrat is another to consider along with Henry Bee and Midnight Dynamo.
Whozthecat (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Prominent, driven 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Towbee (9-1) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Chooseday (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Led, ridden inside final 2f, headed 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Klynch (9-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Decision By One 33-1 (8-3) Always towards rear, never involved, behind over 1f out, 12th of 13, 9l behind Forest Edge (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
My Son Max 10-3 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 10th of 11, 5l behind Sir Maximilian (9-7) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Fathsta (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec beating Irish Heartbeat (9-3) by nk, 11 ran.
Saloomy 14-1 (9-6) Led near side group throughout, ridden and clear in group final furlong, no chance with leaders on far side, 6th of 25, 4l behind Gabbiano (8-13) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Defence Council (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Klynch (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Taurus Twins 14-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 7l behind Ajjaadd (9-2) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Alaskan Bullet (IRE) 5-4fav (9-10) Always prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Beckermet (9-4) at Redcar 6f clm stks (6) gf.
Henry Bee 40-1 (8-6) Mid-division, edged right over 2f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 17l behind Klynch (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Polar Venture 6-4fav (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, pushed along and swiched left over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final 50 yards and finished well, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Yeeoow (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Chester Aristocrat 11-1 (8-5) Led, clear over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Yair Hill (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Midnight Dynamo 9-1 (9-7) Chased leaders over 3f, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 5l behind Phoenix Clubs (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Sunraider (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division in 4th, went 3rd over 2f out, kept on and just held for 2nd place near finish, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Holy Angel (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Klynch (9-3) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Dwelt, always in rear, 8th of 9, 14l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.