Quite a demanding little puzzle but the signs point to ARCTIC COSMOS who is just preferred to Caucus and Berling in an open race. The selection showed ability on two starts over a mile at the backend of last season and duly confirmed that promise with a ready success on his seasonal return over an extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton. There are mixed messages from the form but he was a very impressive winner and he will need to go close to winning this from a mark of 78 if his entry in a Group 2 next month doesn't prove to be fanciful. Red Courtier looked in need of the run when finishing a close-up fifth in a competitive handicap at the Guineas meeting and it would be no surprise to see him take a hand in the finish here whilst Caucus appeals as a certain improver now handicapping over middle distances and should be monitored in the market. Berling's third to Ted Spread in a Goodwood maiden looks a fair effort now and the form of his handicap win at Folkestone is rock solid whilst Huff And Puff and Activate are amongst others sure to attract support but we'll look to Arctic Cosmos to lead them home.
Red Courtier 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort when not much room over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind London Stripe (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 5l behind Verdant (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Huff And Puff 4-5fav (8-9) Soon tracked leading pair, challenged over 2f out, led narrowly well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to assert towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr beating Eshtyaaq (8-9) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Arctic Cosmos (USA) 7-4fav (9-3) Not much room soon after start, held up, switched right and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon clear, easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr beating Innocuous (9-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Berling (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, led post, won at Folkestone 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Shelfah (8-9) by ns, 9 ran.
Higgy's Ragazzo (FR) 10-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon beaten, 10th of 14, 11l behind Verdant (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Meglio Ancora 50-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 9th of 14, 9l behind Verdant (8-12) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Caucus 200-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 6l behind Markazzi (9-3) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Activate 9-4fav (8-12) Held up last, effort on inside over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 1f out, quickened to lead final 100 yards, won at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr beating Dromore (9-3) by hd, 5 ran.
Essexbridge 7-1 (9-3) Led 2f, remained prominent, left in lead 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Buffett (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
If I Were A Boy (IRE) 9-4fav (8-11) Started very slowly, behind, headway over 4f out, chased leader over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Danger Mulally (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Corres (IRE) 5-1 (8-6) Led, headed and soon short of room over 3f out, lost place, switched right and rallied over 2f out, ran on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Aspro Mavro (9-11) at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) sft in Apr.
King's Parade 9-2 (8-1) In touch, pushed along 4f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 19l behind Miss Starlight (8-9) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.