Last Sovereign drops a couple of grades and has been running well enough to suggest he'll take all the beating in this with Jacob Butterfield taking off 7lb. Though he's been campaigned over 5f recently the step back up to 6f won't be a problem but TAJNEED, who won this last year, likes it here and has probably been targeted at the race again. He gave weight and a beating to Red Cape in a Thirsk last month and was far from disgraced at Windsor subsequently. Red Cape's stablemate Beckermet doesn't win very often nowadays but Jessie's Spirit was more like her old self at Catterick last time, though she has more on her plate here.
Last Sovereign 10-1 (8-12) Raced wide close up, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Demora (8-11) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Tajneed (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) In touch in mid-division, closed over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on final 10 yards, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind North Star Boy (9-7) at Windsor 6f clm stks (5) gd in May.
Beckermet (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 16, 12l behind Who's Shirl (9-9) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Red Cape (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Haajes (9-6) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Vogarth 100-1 (8-0) Led, headed over 4f out, weakened entering final 3f, 10th of 11, 23l behind Kingscombe (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
Jessie's Spirit (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Taken to post early, tracked leaders, chased leader 3f out, led 1f out, pushed out, won at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gs in May beating Trixie Malone (8-0) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Chester'slittlegem (IRE) 10-1 (7-9) Outpaced towards rear, headway and hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 7l behind Powerful Wind (9-1) at Bath 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fm.