Gone Dutch ended last season with a double and is only 2lb higher on his return. Top Diktat also bids for a hat-trick after a couple of wins at Kempton but is upped in class. Mubtadi ran well on his reappearance at Wolverhampton and a bold bid is expected from him but a speculative vote goes to CIRCUMVENT. A rare winner nowadays, Paul Cole's charge wasn't disgraced in the Winter Derby on his first start since September and faces an easier task in this company. Northern Star, Toga Tiger and Sheila's Buddy are others to consider in an open contest.
Circumvent 66-1 (9-0) In rear, riden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.
Mubtadi 8-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Spes Nostra (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Noble Gift 7-1 (8-3) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, weakened and lost 2nd closing stages, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Nabucco (9-9) at Salisbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct.
Northern Star (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, every chance from over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Our Obsession (9-3) at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Anton Chigurh 7-1 (9-0) In touch in rear, ridden over 5f out, outpaced 4f out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind The Lock Master (9-13) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Gone Dutch 14-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden to challenge 2f out, led over 1f out, held on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Oct beating Sweet Deal (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Top Diktat 7-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to lead close home, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Commissar (9-6) by nk, 13 ran.
Sheila's Buddy 16-1 (9-3) In touch, hard ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 20, 9l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Rossetti 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, edged left and ran on final furlong, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Sep beating Toptempo (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Toga Tiger (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Silverheels (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Minister Of Mayhem 11-4fav (9-9) Held up in 5th, ridden and progress 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, kept on without threatening winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Overland Express (9-12) at Down Royal 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf in Jul.
First Post (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader until over 7f out, tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Commissar (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Red Dragon (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon one pace, 7th of 11, 6l behind Asia Minor (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Oetzi 16-1 (8-12) Always rear-division, 14th of 15, 11l behind Pasaka Boy (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.