Twelve Strings ended last season with victory at Bath for Luca Cumani. He's joined Brian Ellison since and returns to action off a 5lb higher mark. Stablemate PALAZZO BIANCO was formerly with John Gosden and will have come on for his recent outing at Beverley where he finished fourth. He gets the vote to open his account for new connections. Stock Hill Fair is 6lb higher than when scoring at Salisbury last year and was beaten eight lengths when second at the same track in October. Hallstatt is a recent winner on Polytrack but is facing a much tougher task in this better company and Eshtyaaq makes more appeal on only his second start after a lengthy absence.
Palazzo Bianco 9-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Fennell Bay (9-6) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Danvilla 16-1 (8-13) Switched right soon after start, always in rear, 19th of 20, 37l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Masterful Act (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leader over 3f, tracked leading pair, ridden well over 1f out, one pace in 6th and no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Desert Recluse (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Stock Hill Fair 15-2 (9-2) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 8l behind The Betchworth Kid (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy in Oct.
Twelve Strings (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, readily, won at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Villa Royale (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Bollin Greta 33-1 (9-6) Held up, never on terms, 10th of 12, 25l behind Lieutenant Miller (9-6) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Eshtyaaq 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, switched left over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind Fleur De La Vie (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Hallstatt (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 10f out, led well over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr beating Mr Plod (8-12) by hd, 8 ran.