Mark Johnston won this last year but Branston De Soto has been beaten a long way in his two starts to date. Palace Dragon has shown nothing so this should go to a newcomer and any one of the quartet could take the spoils. Farquhar and Spanish Artist are both by Archipenko out of middle-distance mares and, like the stoutly-bred Kashmiri Sunset, look certain to be suited by this trip. BISHOP OF RUSCOMBE is a half-brother to several winners and with his stable in such good form he can make a successful start.
Bishop Of Ruscombe Mount Nelson colt out of Pain Perdu.
Branston De Soto 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven halfway, weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 24l behind Patentar (9-5) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Farquhar (IRE) Archipenko colt out of Pointed Arch.
Kashmiri Sunset Tiger Hill colt out of Sagamartha.
Palace Dragon (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) In touch, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace and lost 4th near finish, 5th of 6, 10l behind Gothic (9-5) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Spanish Artist Archipenko colt out of Alicante.