Five of the last seven winners have been three-year-olds and MAYAASEM, the only entry from the younger generation, gets the nod to continue the trend. He's been running well in handicaps since landing a Pontefract maiden in April and still has scope for improvement. Saloomy has only had three runs this campaign and didn't appear to enjoy the soft ground at Lingfield after a fine effort on fast going at Haydock. He's an obvious threat while My Kingdom had Johnny Castle a couple of lengths behind when scoring here in June and is only 1lb worse off.
Johnny Castle 13-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 14th of 16, 9l behind Magic City (9-12) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Saloomy 5-4fav (9-9) Chased leaders, driven and every chance from over 1f out, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Tidentime (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jun.
Billyrayvalentine (CAN) 16-1 (9-12) Reared badly as stalls opened and lost all chance, allowed to come home in own time, last of 6, 31l behind Burning Thread (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul.
Mayaasem 12-1 (8-13) Held up, headway and every chance from over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly well inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Secret Look (9-5) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Piazza San Pietro 33-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 11, 4l behind Hadaj (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
My Kingdom (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Raced far, side mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 7l behind Elusive Flame (9-6) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.