Empress Ali finished runner-up in two Newcastle maidens on soft ground last season and ran well for a long way on her reappearance over this trip there last month. She'll be winning soon but may have to play second fiddle again to EPSOM HILL. He changed hands after last season's debut and made a bright start for Charlie Fellowes behind two much better fancied rivals at Doncaster - tonight's longer trip looks certain to suit. Spiritoftheunion is the second foal of a mare who produced a winner with her first and Michael Bell's filly is the type to do better in her second season so could get into the frame. Oscuro may be best of the remainder as she appears to have been running over trips too short.
Billy Redpath 100-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Returntobrecongill (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun '13.
Epsom Hill (SWE) 40-1 (9-5) Pressed leader until ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Speculative Bid (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 3yo mdn (5) hvy in May.
King Couture (IRE) Erewhon gelding out of Hi Fasliyev.
Oscuro 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 9l behind Jacbequick (9-0) at Beverley 7f 3yo mdn (5) hvy in May.
Rocky Hill Ridge 66-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until over 8f out, ridden 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, well behind Full Moon Fever (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Empress Ali (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Comedy King (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Fickle Feelings (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 29l behind Air Pilot (10-0) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Housewives Choice 33-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 15l behind Tioga Pass (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo mdn fll (5) pol in May.
Spiritoftheunion 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 13l behind Tanqeya (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.