Violent Velocity ran out an easy winner at Beverley last time and a 6lb penalty may not prevent him from making another bold bid, while Mangham signalled his long losing run may be coming to an end when third at Carlisle last time. Shunkawakhan had Spread Boy behind at Ayr last week, while Ra Junior and Amno Dancer have been placed here lately, but in an open contest the vote goes to MILITARY CALL. He won over C&D in August and will have come on for his recent pipe-opener here a fortnight ago.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon led, ridden and clear inside final furlong, eased towards finsh, won at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May beating Carlitos Spirit (8-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
Mangham (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, unable to quicken well inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Epernay (9-0) at Carlisle 1m app hcp (6) gs in May.
Military Call 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 16l behind Global (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m app hcp (6) gd in May.
Ra Junior (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Global (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m app hcp (6) gd in May.
Walleyd (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Raced wide mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 36l behind Marino Prince (8-6) at Ayr 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Amno Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders in center, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 23l behind Spavento (9-2) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Drive Home (USA) 7-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 30l behind Beckermet (8-10) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Cold Quest (USA) 10-1 (8-8) Reared start, slowly into stride, soon outpaced, never a factor, 10th of 12, well behind Ravi River (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.
Second Reef 16-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 19l behind Casino Night (9-11) at Ayr 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Safari Guide 20-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind Mont Ras (9-11) at Catterick 7f mdn stks 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Shunkawakhan (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon clear, just held on, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May beating Blue Charm (8-12) by hd, 12 ran.
Spread Boy (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 6th of 12, 4l behind Shunkawakhan (8-7) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.