Hamish McGonagall was beaten a short-head by a three-year-old in this last year but was awarded the race when Bear Behind was disqualified. Penalised 12lb for last year's victories, Tim Easterby's charge has to give plenty of weight to another three-year-old in MARY'S DAUGHTER and the latter may just be good enough to take advantage. Tangerine Trees, the 2011 Abbaye winner, is also weighted to reverse running with Hamish McGonagall on last season's Nunthorpe form and Kingsgate Choice is not easily overlooked given he's scored on his seasonal debut before. The Norfolk Stakes winner in 2011, Bapak Chinta, has something to prove now after his subsequent below par efforts while both Sans Loi and Silvanus are likely to struggle in this company.
Hamish McGonagall 14-1 (9-10) 3rd of 18, 3/4l behind Wizz Kid (9-7) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Bapak Chinta (USA) 40-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, weakened halfway, 17th of 22, 13l behind Little Bridge (9-4) at Royal Ascot 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) Raced stands side, soon behind and outpaced, headway under pressure over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to challenge final 100 yards, led post, won at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct beating Ancient Cross (9-2) by ns, 15 ran.
Sans Loi (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, soon headed, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Aubrietia (9-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Silvanus (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 8l behind Ajjaadd (9-1) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Tangerine Trees 25-1 (9-10) 12th of 18, 9l behind Wizz Kid (9-7) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Mary's Daughter 5-2 (8-9) Prominent, challenged 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, last of 5, 9l behind Royal Rascal (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Oct.