The victory of Black Douglas in last year's renewal remains his only win in 29 starts. DARTRIX makes more appeal as he started the year on a 6lb higher mark and showed signs of a return to form when fourth over track and trip last week. Exotic Guest finished behind the selection last time and Red Shadow is preferred on a recent narrow-margin defeat at Redcar. Hazza The Jazza and The Strig have tumbled down the weights and could bounce back at any time.
Exotic Guest 9-2fav (9-12) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Mission Impossible (9-10) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Dartrix 5-1 (9-8) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Mission Impossible (9-10) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Bapak Muda (USA) 22-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 2l behind Fast Finian (9-2) at Hamilton 6f clm stks (6) gd in Jul.
The Strig 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon faded, 7th of 12, 6l behind Divertimenti (8-10) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Black Douglas 7-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, switched left halfway, headway when hung left from 2f out, never on terms, 4th of 12, 5l behind Lord Buffhead (8-2) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Balinka 7-1 (8-10) Awkwardly away mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 18l behind Fathom Five (8-7) at Catterick 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Ichimoku 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Pearl Noir (8-12) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Hazza The Jazza 11-1 (8-8) Held up in last pair, headway when not much room and switched outside well over 1f out, soon ridden, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, always held, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind The Dukkerer (9-5) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Red Shadow 20-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, chased winner and ran on inside final furlong, strong challenge last strides, just failed, 2nd of 15, ns behind Choc'a'moca (9-3) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Best Tamayuz 50-1 (9-2) Pressed leader until ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 11l behind Run With Pride (9-12) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs in May.
Stoneacre Oskar 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 6l behind Mandy Layla (9-8) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
One Kool Dude 25-1 (9-1) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, hard ridden over 1f out, no headway, 8th of 10, 16l behind Iceblast (9-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Ishetoo 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, driven when not much room 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 13, 5l behind Bertie Blu Boy (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Armelle (FR) 14-1 (8-1) Close up, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1l behind La Havrese (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.