Born To Surprise tends to reserve his best for Doncaster but is a decent handicapper when on song and drops down a grade here. Top Offer was once held in high regard but has been off the track for a while, as has the potentially well-treated Axiom. Albaqaa has more to do than at Haydock last time but Chester third Laffan should be in the firing-line again and Common Touch, Highland Colori and Elusive Flame have all won over course and distance in the past and can't be ignored. JOHNNY CASTLE has tumbled down the weights and ran well enough at Doncaster and Ascot last year to suggest he's no back number. Richard Hughes takes over the reins for this and he is a sporting selection.
Born To Surprise 13-2 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 15, 7l behind Diescentric (8-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Top Offer 3-1fav (8-12) Keen in rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 9l behind Cogito (8-12) at Sandown 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in May '12.
Common Touch (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Held up in 6th, pushed along and no progress 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 13l behind Head Of Steam (8-8) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Highland Colori (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 10th of 26, 7l behind Excellent Guest (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Laffan (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Prominent, hard driven over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Dr Red Eye (8-13) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Princess Of Orange 20-1 (8-13) Steadied start, held up towards rear, steady headway 3f out, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, dropped to 3rd entering final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Gifted Girl (9-0) at Ascot 1m fll hcp (2) gf in May.
Elusive Flame 50-1 (8-7) Led in centre, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened final 110 yards, 9th of 26, 6l behind Excellent Guest (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Fast Finian (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 18th of 26, 14l behind Excellent Guest (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Axiom 16-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Chapter And Verse (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Johnny Castle 7-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 17l behind Redvers (9-6) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in May.
Kakatosi 22-1 (8-7) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside 2f out, soon hard ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind George Guru (8-10) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in May.
Emkanaat 33-1 (9-6) Raced wide, chased leaders 5f, last of 14, 16l behind Magic City (8-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, ridden and chased leaders 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Magic City (8-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Albaqaa 7-2fav (8-10) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon led, challenged inside final furlong, just held on close home, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May beating Classic Colori (9-0) by hd, 11 ran.
Showboating (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Dwelt held up, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 7th of 18, 5l behind Red Seventy (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.