EL DUQUE is favoured by today's terms and won a similar event at Wolverhampton in February. He makes most appeal in a poor contest getting plenty of weight from No Quarter and Bitaphon with Ryan While's allowance included. For Shia And Lula won a seller at Brighton last term and Dialogue is dropped in class after sliding further down the weights. Kirkstall Abbey is lightly-raced and may get involved at this level and Whispered Times went close in a claimer at Newcastle last term.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Dwelt, behind, headway over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 10, 13l behind Graceful Act (8-5) at Newcastle 7f app hcp (6) sft.
Bitaphon (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Kasbhom (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Bunce (IRE) 14-1 (7-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 7l behind Alpha Tauri (8-0) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Dialogue 10-1 (9-12) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 3f out on inner, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 24l behind Camerooney (9-5) at Hamilton 1m 1f app hcp (6) gd in Sep.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, every chance just inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Presumido (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Marcus Caesar (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, hard driven halfway, soon weakened, 15th of 16, 30l behind Flexible Flyer (9-4) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Mitchum 16-1 (7-13) Led, headed over 5f out, tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 20l behind Dandarrell (8-12) at Southwell 1m (6) fbs in Mar.
Newbury Street 66-1 (8-2) Always behind, weakened 3f out, eased over 1f out, 8th of 10, 32l behind Graceful Act (8-5) at Newcastle 7f app hcp (6) sft.
No Quarter (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place over 2f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Lil Sophella (8-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Whispered Times (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders in centre, weakened approaching final furlong, 11th of 14, 18l behind Cape Samba (9-5) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
El Duque 6-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Emerald Breeze (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Kirkstall Abbey (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Last pair, pushed along and struggling halfway, never a factor, 7th of 8, 18l behind Braidley (9-5) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Aug.