Soap Wars and Lujeanie look worth opposing after a break while the going could be a problem for Piscean, but Mr David and Quasi Congaree are both previous C&D winners and Expose is, contrary to his name, unexposed and probably a lot better than he showed on his reappearance at Sandown. Courageous is potentially well handicapped and has his first start for Milton Bradley, while Close To The Edge and Avonmore Star come here off the back of respective wins at Newcastle and Brighton and have to go on the short-list. A tentative vote, however, goes to CREW CUT, who had been in good form on Polytrack prior to scoring at Bath, where he overcame trouble in-running. In-form Trojan Rocket may be the pick of the remainder.
Soap Wars 8-1 (9-7) Keen tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Shifting Star (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Mr David (USA) 11-1 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Powerful Presence (9-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Piscean (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Steadied start, in rear, headway when nowhere to go entering final furlong, switched right and kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Ducal (8-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Ertikaan 8-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden and still pressing leaders over 1f out, hung left and weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 8l behind Crew Cut (8-11) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Quasi Congaree (GER) 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division on stand's rail, headway 2f out, chased leader and every chance inside final furlong, soon edged left and no extra in 4th close home, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Crew Cut (8-11) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Expose 7-2fav (9-11) Keen in touch, ridden halfway, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 17l behind Solemn (9-12) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Caldercruix (USA) 9-1 (8-5) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 3l behind Ducal (8-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Courageous (IRE) 40-1 (7-13) Mid-division, ridden along halfway, weakened 2f out, 15th of 20, 7l behind Stone Of Folca (8-12) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gf.
My Son Max 11-1 (8-9) Raced stand side, chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 9, 4l behind Paramour (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Lujeanie 6-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Whaileyy (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Close To The Edge (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Made all, soon clear, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, just held on, won at Newcastle 6f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) fm in May beating Hezmah (9-7) by hd, 5 ran.
Avonmore Star 5-2 (9-4) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, won at Brighton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May beating Waabel (9-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Rafaaf (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up behind, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 5l behind Shifting Star (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Crew Cut (IRE) 9-2fav (8-11) In touch, not clearest of runs over 1f out until switched right inside final furlong, strong run to lead close home, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs beating Apollo D'Negro (9-6) by nk, 12 ran.
Button Moon (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led over 2f out, soon edged right, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 9l behind Hezmah (9-11) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Trojan Rocket (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Dwelt in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to press winner over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, nk behind Cut The Cackle (8-8) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.