Osiris Way finished a close second in this a year ago and is now 3lb lower in the ratings. He reappeared with a very good run at Newmarket last month and will be ready for this. Taurus Twins has won five races but never from a mark this high while Sharpened Edge may just need this though he goes well on the track. Steelcut had been in fine form at Wolverhampton before reverting to turf and scoring at Chester. He looks certain to go well while Fantasy Explorer has dropped to a winnable mark and makes the long journey from Yorkshire. NIGHT AFFAIR gets the nod as though she isn't easy to catch right she has run well here in the past and is 1lb lower than when scoring at Bath in August.
Osiris Way 4-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden and hung right 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Solemn (9-4) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Poppanan (USA) 22-1 (9-1) Dwelt, chased leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Silver Wind (8-13) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Taurus Twins 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out when rider lost iron briefly, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Bronze Beau (9-6) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Sharpened Edge 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders stands side, headway under pressure over 1f out, hung left and led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Whiskey Junction (9-3) by nk, 16 ran.
Steelcut 7-1 (9-3) Settled in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Chester 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May beating Jack Luey (9-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cape Royal 12-1 (9-7) Prominent, led after 2f, ridden over 2f out, hung right and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Six Wives (8-5) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.
Fantasy Explorer 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden when short of room over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Solemn (9-4) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Night Affair 10-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, chased leaders, hung left over 1f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression close home, 6th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Collect Art (8-8) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fm in May.
Imjin River (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden 2f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 9, 8l behind Captain Coke (9-3) at Newmarket 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun '10.
Brandywell Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 7l behind Alfresco (8-11) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Picansort 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 7l behind Norville (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcap (5) pol in Feb.
The Wee Chief (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Dashwood (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) std in May.
Island Legend (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Led, jinked right entering final furlong, soon headed and stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Make My Dream (9-7) at Warwick 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.