Alnwick won this in 2008 and is respected despite recent reversals however YEMENI PRINCESS looks capable of progressing more now trying staying trips and is preferred to Uncle Keef. Brendan Powell's filly didn't see the racecourse until this season (aged four) but having won a bumper on debut she then had to dwell in mile-and-a-half races after. However she got back to winning ways at Warwick last time out over nearly two miles and with this stiffer test in her favour she must go close. Strathcal was all-out to hold All The Winds at Salisbury but it was a brave success and he seemed to appreciate the drop in grade; under a 4lb rise in the weights he is far from discounted. Alnwick's third to Saborido last week showed that he is in good nick and he runs the track well, Twist Again was too bad to be true at Doncaster last time and she is better rated on her second to Lady Hestia on her reappearance, whilst Rose Row is respected as he drops down the handicap. Mykingdomforahorse is consistent but he ultimately finds it hard to win (beaten 11/8 favourite last time out here), so a bigger danger could be Swordsman who was involved in a strange race at Lingfield last time and shouldn't be given an easy time in-front. A visor is also tried on Brooklyn Spirit who drops in class, Uncle Keef was given a lot to do at Kempton last time and better is expected, whilst Graylyn Ruby is nicely-weighted as he is just one pound higher than when winning at Kempton last month. A tricky finale for punters then but the vote goes to Yemeni Princess.
Strathcal 13-8fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon hung right, driven and under pressure inside final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating All The Winds (9-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Alnwick 7-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, travelling well on inner when switched left to outside 3f out, headway over 2f out, went 3rd just over 1f out, stayed on well towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Saborido (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Twist Again (IRE) 5-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 4, 32l behind Kazbow (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Rose Row 12-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, held up in rear, rapid headway on wide outside halfway, went 2nd 5f out, challenged 4f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Phoenix Flight (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Jun.
Mykingdomforahorse 11-8fav (9-7) Held up in last, headway on inside over 4f out, not clear run from over 3f out until switched right over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, kept on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Fantino (9-3) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Yemeni Princess (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Held up in touch, switched right 2f out, soon driven along, stayed on well under pressue to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Arab League (8-10) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Sir Freddie 14-1 (9-8) Held up in 7th, kept on down outside final 2f, went modest 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 10l behind On Terms (9-4) at Folkestone 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Swordsman (GER) 16-1 (10-0) Led after 1f, headed 5f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 3f out, went moderate 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Ambrose Princess (9-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Brooklyn Spirit 5-1 (8-8) Reminders and led soon after start, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Peintre D'argent (8-0) at Ascot 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Uncle Keef (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up in mid-division, headway to modest 4th over 4f out, hung right under pressure and one pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 4l behind Graylyn Ruby (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 20-1 (9-3) Close up, tracked leading pair over 4f out, challenged on inside over 2f out, led inside final 2f, hard ridden final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun beating Stage Acclaim (8-11) by nk, 13 ran.