Royal Challis has a big chance if adapting to the artificial surface as he's been in good form on Turf this year. But PEARL BRIDGE has already shown he handles the Polytrack by finishing second here in April and Ralph Beckett's lightly-raced gelding got off the mark in what looked a decent York maiden subsequently. Silca's Dream appears to have gone off the boil but did finish ahead of Royal Acquisition at Ripon in the spring and the others may need this.
Pearl Bridge 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, hung left and went 2nd over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at York 6f 3yo mdn (4) gd in May beating Nurpur (9-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Royal Challis 2-1 (9-0) Raced alone on outside, prominent, chased winner halfway and stayed out wide, ridden over 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Grand Denial (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf.
Welliesinthewater (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 9l behind Sewn Up (9-2) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp (4) fbs in Mar.
Pal Of The Cat 14-1 (9-3) Prominent, hung right throughout, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Secret Missile (9-3) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Royal Acquisition 13-2 (8-5) Dwelt, tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind The Art Of Racing (9-7) at Ripon 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Max The Machine 3-1fav (9-3) Led 1f, chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 8l behind Smart Spender (9-3) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Oct.
Silca's Dream 14-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, last of 11, 24l behind Bondesire (9-7) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd.