Formidable Guest, Bavarica, and Becuille look the principals in an open affair, with top weight FORMIDABLE GUEST taken to atone for a well backed disappointment last time. Becuille left recent form behind when scoring last time. That was a real step up and it remains to be seen if he can follow up. He is only three pounds higher here for his first success, but the feeling is that his win may have come in a weak affair. Bavarica won four outings ago but has been beaten since and may just need to come back down the handicap another couple of pounds to return to winning form as he looks thoroughly exposed. Formidable Guest won successive races earlier in the year, and has been the epitome of consistency since. He has not been beaten far in recent contests and Formidable Guest can prove too tough for the others.
Formidable Guest 4-1fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression and lost 2nd well inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Balnagore (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Bavarica 16-1 (8-2) Steadied start, took keen hold, soon tracking leaders, chased winner 2f out until approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 7l behind King Supreme (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Oriental Girl 11-2 (9-0) Raced far side, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Casino Night (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Becuille (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Chased leader, led over 2f out, narrowly headed just inside final furlong, regained lead last strides, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr beating New Star (8-11) by hd, 9 ran.
Solo River 7-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 10th of 11, 18l behind Rapid City (9-4) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Lunar River (FR) 50-1 (9-4) Steadied start, in rear, plenty to do 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 5l behind Madam President (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) std in Apr.
Carmela Maria 12-1 (8-10) Keen hold, tracking leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 12l behind Agapanthus (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Lady Calido (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Towards rear, never dangerous, last of 10, 30l behind Kalhan Sands (9-3) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jul '07.
Tallulah Sunrise 66-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, keeping on one pace when hampered and snatched up inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Free Tussy (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Demeanour (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Raced towards stand side with one other until joined main group over 3f out, in touch, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 18, 13l behind Midday (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Persian Memories (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 20l behind Chiberta King (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Innactualfact 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3f out, 11th of 13, 18l behind Cornish Castle (8-12) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Protiva 20-1 (8-1) Disputed lead early, tracked leader after 1f, ridden and effort over 1f out, soon lost 2nd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Hold The Bucks (8-6) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Chic Shanique (USA) 22-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden along over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 14l behind Bridge Of Gold (9-3) at Newbury 1m 3yo mdn (4) sft in Apr.