SHADED EDGE is narrowly preferred in this finale ahead of Mocha Java, Zazous and Cross The Line. David Arbuthnot's gelding was not at his best last time out on the all-weather at Lingfield but he is better judged on his win at that track in March. He is unexposed on the turf and has a bit to prove but this mark of 62 may not be beyond him and he has a good jockey up. Zazous also has a good jockey up, former champion Lorraine Ellison. A course and distance winner in the past, the son of Zafonic is rated better than his final start last year. Mocha Java has been holding his form well and Taffy Salaman's runner deserves respect off a 3lb higher mark than his win at Southwell. Melt is best over a mile and the likelihood is that he will not be winning here, but another placing looks likely, whilst Cross The Line, Manchestermaverick and Interactive have been holding their form well this season. The market will help guide as to what is expected of the Milton Bradley pair, whilst Batchworth Blaize and Sovereignty are both capable of better than may have been on offer recently. A tricky race to finish with, where the market may provide plenty of clues, but without that information we will side with Shaded Edge.
The Grey One (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ran on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Driven (9-1) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Cross The Line (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Held up in close 4th, tracked leading pair 2f out, chased leader approacing final furlong, not quicken final 50 yards, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Marajaa (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Shaded Edge 15-8fav (8-10) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 4l behind Rubenstar (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Tamino (IRE) 13-2 (8-10) With leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind Great Knight (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Mocha Java 8-1 (8-3) Made all, held on gamely final furlong (hand timed), won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb beating Haroldini (8-13) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Interactive (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Desert Dreamer (9-3) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Melt (IRE) 6-1 (8-4) Held up, shaken up 3f out, stayed on, never on terms, 4th of 7, 4l behind Supaverdi (9-0) at Bath 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) gf in Apr.
Ten Pole Tudor 5-1 (9-2) In touch on outside, ridden and effort 2f out, not quicken and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 5l behind Sign of The Cross (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Apr.
Triple Dream 50-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders to over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 10l behind Grey Boy (9-4) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Pintano 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 16l behind Rabbit Fighter (11-0) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Manchestermaverick (USA) 3-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, close up, faded final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Cap St Jean (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Sovereignty (JPN) 20-1 (8-5) Always towards rear, 7th of 11, 7l behind Brunelleschi (8-10) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Batchworth Blaise 17-2 (8-13) Slowly away, outpaced, last of 13, well behind My Flame (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Hurricane Coast 28-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders over 1f out, 8th of 13, 8l behind Rabbit Fighter (11-0) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Zazous 25-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 13, 14l behind Eastern Gift (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Corlough Mountain 16-1 (8-5) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon behind, last of 12, 16l behind Lady Hestia (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Isabella's Fancy 16-1 (8-3) Held up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 24l behind Amber Moon (8-4) at Southwell 1m clm stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Mar.
Binnion Bay (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Slowly away, in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 4l behind Colour Of Money (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.