Sir Henry Cecil won this in 2010 and runs two with Isatis preferred to newcomer Portraitofmylove, though the former has some improving to do if she's to match COMMEND. The latter was just held by Almuftarris at Lingfield last time and that looks the strongest form on offer. Almaas ran a couple of promising races last year and should be thereabouts along with Star Date, fourth in a maiden at Chester recently, while Vital Calling finished a creditable second over a mile here on his debut.
Almaas (USA) 11-8fav (9-0) Led, joined 3f out, narrowly headed over 2f out, stayed challenging, rallied and edged left closing stages, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Dandy (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Al Mamzar (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Went left start, mid-division, headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 13, 12l behind Kiz Kulesi (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Border Hill Jack 25-1 (9-3) Slowly away, in rear, toiling over 4f out, last of 6, 33l behind Blades Lad (9-3) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Commend 9-2 (9-3) Dwelt and hampered start, mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 10, nk behind Almuftarris (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
King Of Paradise (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Soon led, ridden and headed over 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 13, 18l behind Father of Science (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft.
Lothair (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Raced keenly tracking leaders, led over 2f out, soon headed and faded, last of 13, 48l behind Dos Amigos (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gs.
Meljana (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Slowly away, jinked left and unseated rider soon after start, in a race won by Hawaiian Storm (8-9) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr, 13 ran.
Rosselli (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, steadied to mid-division, 8f out, never on terms after, ridden and weakened 3f out, tailed off and eased, 12th of 13, 50l behind Niceofyoutotellme (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (4) gd in Apr.
Saloomy 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 15, 9l behind Ellaal (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Star Date (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out until no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Father of Science (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft.
Vital Calling 15-2 (9-3) In touch, headway to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Hawaiian Storm (8-9) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Voodoo (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, led early, prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 29l behind Fluctuate (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr.
Artistic Dawn (IRE) Excellent Art filly out of Midnight Mist.
Bobs Her Uncle Fair Mix filly out of Shazana.
Isatis 10-1 (9-0) Close up, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 19, 9l behind Perfect Step (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Apr.
Portraitofmylove (IRE) Azamour filly out of Flashing Green.
Soapy Delight Dansili filly out of On A Soapbox.