Royal Swain has improved in two starts since taking to the level proper but unless there is money for him on his handicap bow we are happy to look elsewhere and to ANTGUA SUNRISE while Veiled Applause is also on the list. After only tasting defeat once in four starts over this trip the pick was a nice winner of a strong looking contest two starts ago. He made a decent fist off it under a revised mark last time and with a 1lb removed he should close in this company. Royal Swain was a dual bumper winner before turning his attentions to the flat. He stepped up on his debut run with a comfortable victory over this trip last time but his mark is not obviously light for his first start in a handicap. Veiled Applause wasn't beaten that far when placing off this rating the last time he was racing on the level so should get involved while Sea Land was a winner on his last start but looks a little heavy racing from out of the weights. A wide open contest this but Antigua Sunrise looks marginally the best treated.
Just Lille (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Led, headed 3f out, driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 17, 13l behind Deauville Flyer (9-2) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Antigua Sunrise (IRE) 10-1 (7-13) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hanoverian Baron (8-3) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Veiled Applause 6-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, switched left and headway 3f out, shaken up to lead 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Rosbay (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Royal Swain (IRE) 2-5fav (10-0) Awkwardly away, tracked leader, driven to lead well over 2f out, ridden 1f out, always in command final furlong, eased near finish, won at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in May beating Weetfromthechaff (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
King's Head (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 10, 5l behind Spirit Is Needed (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Annibale Caro 20-1 (8-9) Held up, towards rear, some headway over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind Hollow Green (8-11) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Middlemarch (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, ridden well over 2f out, soon outpaced, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 9l behind Sedgwick (10-2) at York 1m 4f am hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Sea Land (FR) 11-4 (8-11) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, ran on, won at Catterick 1m 4f 4yo sell stks (6) gf in May beating New England (8-11) by 1/2l, 6 ran.