Expert has yet to finish out of the first two here in four starts and, despite a disappointing effort at Ascot last time, has to go on the short-list despite current odds. Charles Molson looked in need of the run at Sandown last month while Deeds Not Words should have benefited from his third at Thirsk, though will do well to confirm Goodwood running last year with Expert on much worse terms and might also struggle to confirm Bath form with Fear Or Favour. Roger Charlton runs two with Joey Haynes taking 5lb off the hat-trick seeking Stomp but we prefer stablemate STARS ABOVE ME. She was just beaten by Nova Champ on only her third start here two weeks ago when Eastern Impact and Meritocracy were behind and can go one better granted luck in-running today.
Sleeper King (IRE) 10-3fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 6l behind Green Door (9-0) at Doncaster 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Expert (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Mick's Yer Man (9-0) at Ascot 6f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Apr.
Deeds Not Words (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Mecca's Angel (9-7) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Stars Above Me 15-8fav (9-3) Steadied start held up, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Nova Champ (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Eastern Impact (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Took keen hold towards rear, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Nova Champ (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Charles Molson 13-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one paced, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Eccleston (9-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Apr.
Stomp 5-2 (9-6) In touch towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Double Up (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Meritocracy (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Went right start, in rear, kept on, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Nova Champ (8-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Peterkin (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Led over 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Banaadeer (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Fear Or Favour (IRE) 6-4fav (9-2) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Apr beating Amahoro (9-3) by 1l, 10 ran.
Master Of Suspense 6-5fav (9-0) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden to lead inside final 2f, headed inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 110 yards, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Dinneratmidnight (9-0) at Warwick 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Nova Champ (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Made all, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Stars Above Me (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.