Recent winners Malaysian Boleh and Jimmy Elder will both need to improve again to follow up off higher marks. Hard Walnut has superior form to both Princess Cammie and Majestic Jess and Purcell won't have to improve much on last year's form to get involved on his reappearance. Nellie Bly was only beaten a length on last month's handicap debut and beat STAR OF ROHM by a head over track and trip before that. She has leading claims but Michael Bell's charge re-opposes on better terms and looks to have every chance of taking his revenge in this.
Hard Walnut (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Raced frelly, led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, readily held final furlong, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Line Of Reason (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Purcell (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, soon one pace, plugged on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Colmar Kid (9-3) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Star of Rohm Evensfav (9-5) In touch, pushed along 4f out, switched to outer over 3f out, headway to track leaders over 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Red Gift (9-5) at Southwell 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Jimmy Elder 25-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair in touch, headway on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on well inside final furlong to lead final 75 yards, won at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Roland (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Nellie Bly 4-1 (9-4) Led, quickened 2 lengths clear over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1l behind The Scuttler (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Malaysian Boleh 2-1fav (9-7) Led early, took keen hold settled tracking leaders, went 2nd approaching final furlong, ridden to lead and edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Devout (8-9) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Majestic Jess (IRE) 9-4 (8-3) With leader, led narrowly 2f out, soon ridden, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind King of Kudos (8-12) at Lingfield 7f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Princess Cammie (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leading pair, effort and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Little Indian (8-8) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.