ARTISTIC LICENSE, Tyfos and Commander Wish make the shortlist with Artistic License taken to follow up a recent success. Commander Wish had been struggling a little last season until bouncing back to form in what looked a decent Pontefract handicap a fortnight ago on his seasonal bow, keeping on well to be a close third. He is very much respected but a little inconsistent. Tyfos registered his second win in good style at Yarmouth last time, but that was on a soft surface and he may not re-produce that effort here and is taken on. Artistic License scored on the Polytrack at Lingfield in April, and overcame trouble in running to win on fast ground at Bath recently. He is only 7lbs higher for that win and with no rain forecast the surface is likely to enable Artistic License to follow up.
Artistic License (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) In rear, soon niggled along, headway when not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right, led well inside final furlong, won going away, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fm beating Kyllachy Storm (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Vintage (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Held up, effort and headway over 1f out, chased leading trio final furlong and one pace, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind For Life (8-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Baunagain (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Steadied start, took keen hold in rear, ridden and hanging right 2f out, no headway soon one pace, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Vhujon (9-3) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Sep.
Jake The Snake (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) With leaders on rail, narrow lead over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Elna Bright (9-12) at Salisbury 7f clm stks (5) gf.
Bahamian Lad 12-1 (9-2) Towards rear, outpaced early, ridden and some progress 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Princess Valerina (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
River Kirov (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Held up behind, never dangerous, 17th of 19, 23l behind Dancing Maite (9-6) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Tyfos 9-2 (10-0) In touch, going well and waiting for run from over 2f out, headway on inside over 1f out, soon chased leader, ridden to lead final 100 yards, stayed on, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Big Boom (8-9) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 9-2fav (8-9) Towards rear and soon chased along, headway over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Red Cape (9-0) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Gold Express 7-2 (8-4) Steadied start, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, hard ridden and kept on, just failed, 3rd of 8, hd behind For Life (8-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May.
Resplendent Alpha 12-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, pushed along and one pace, 7th of 10, 4l behind Bold Argument (8-7) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Tudor Prince (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, one pace towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Bohobe (7-12) at Salisbury 6f app hcp (5) gf.
Commander Wish 20-1 (8-8) Behind, headway 2f out, soon switched right, stayed on and hung left final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Mr Wolf (9-2) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Joyeaux 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sunley Sovereign (8-2) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 9-2fav (10-0) Chased leaders, effort halfway, no impression, 10th of 13, 6l behind Only A Game (9-7) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 66-1 (8-6) In touch, effort 2f out, soon ridden, kept on, not pace to challenge over 1f out, 4th of 13, 10l behind Love Pegasus (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.