NORTH CAPE is given the tentative vote to win this tricky finale, while both Alqaahir and Solicitor are worthy of mention. The selection managed to win a handicap last season at Sandown off a mark of 69. He is now only four pounds higher and has run some fine races in defeat of late. He looks fairly treated and with conditions in his favour he ought to go close. Alqaahir has come good of late and has won twice this term. He still looks capable of being competitive off his current rating and he is another to add to the short list. Solicitor is lightly raced and is open to further improvement. He did come on for his debut to win at Southwell on his penultimate outing but disappointed at York when stepped up in grade. Now dropped in grade and Frankie on board respect is warranted. But for the winner we return to North Cape. Guy Lewis.
Maswerte (IRE) 66-1 (8-1) Always towards rear, last of 13, 17l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-4) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Behind, some late headway, never in contention, 9th of 12, 7l behind Cape Rock (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Smart Endeavour (USA) 10-1 (9-1) Raced alone on stands side rail over 2f, with leaders, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 11l behind South Cape (9-4) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Red Suede Shoes 20-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 19l behind Ela Gorrie Mou (9-2) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Alqaahir (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Soon in mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never near front pair, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Mishrif (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
North Cape (USA) 6-4fav (9-2) Chased leader, challenged 2f out, led well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Harriet's Girl (9-2) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Flapper (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Led, joined over 4f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 8l behind Day Of The Eagle (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Kiss A Prince 10-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened inside final 3f, 8th of 13, 8l behind Brouhaha (8-10) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
First Service (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Soon restrained towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 12, 17l behind Mishrif (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Solicitor 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place over 5f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Rebel Soldier (9-5) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Shamir 8-1 (8-12) In touch in 5th, ridden in 4th 3f out, one pace and no impression final 2f, 4th of 9, 7l behind Rakaan (9-9) at Sandown 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Zerzura 33-1 (9-0) Led, driven and headed 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Speed Dating (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Fernando Torres 7-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 11, 10l behind Expensive Problem (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Al Aqabah (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along and kept on same pace final 2f, not pace to trouble leaders, 4th of 13, 6l behind Mambo Spirit (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.