It will be surprising if the 2010 winner goes on to achieve as much as the three most recent predecessors but that won't worry the connections of BURNING THREAD who's marginally preferred to Duchess Dora and Reignier. The highest rated runner is Red Avalanche but he lacks a run and may well turn out to need further this season whereas Duchess Dora is all about speed and unbeaten over course and distance. Reignier drops back in trip but could find the stiff finish at this trip ideal if he can keep tabs on the pacesetters but Tawaabb was readily outpaced on his reappearance and will need to leave that form behind if he's to reverse the form with Duchess Dora who finished a long way in front of him in third at York. Above Limits has to prove that he's trained on but there's no such concern on that score for Burning Thread who sprung a surprise at Beverley in a race that lost a little lustre with the fall of Mister Hughie. Nonetheless, it was a taking performance from the gelding whose dam was related to a high class sprinter and, now that he's picked up the thread, Burning Thread may be able to continue to scorch up the track.
Duplicity 20-1 (9-9) Raced far side, chased leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 12th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Mister Hughie (9-4) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Burning Thread (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) With leader, led just under 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well driven out, won at Beverley 5f con stks (3) gf in May beating Coolminx (8-13) by 2l, 4 ran.
Diamond Johnny G (USA) 14-1 (8-9) Went right start, soon pushed along in rear, hung left from halfway, hard ridden 2f out, no real progress, 4th of 6, 9l behind Duster (8-10) at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Red Avalanche (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Always behind, 11th of 17, 9l behind Our Jonathan (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Reignier 18-1 (8-11) Went right start, chased leader, ridden 2f out, still every chance approaching final furlong, weakening when bumped final 100 yards, 4th of 8, 3l behind Society Rock (8-11) at Ascot 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Apr.
Tawaabb 11-2 (9-2) Went right start and slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, no impression, 8th of 9, 10l behind Rose Blossom (8-11) at York 5f con stks (2) gf in May.
Above Limits (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Raced stands side, held up, weakened over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, last of 17, 31l behind Swilly Ferry (9-1) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Duchess Dora (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Keen, held up in touch, ridden and slightly outpaced 2f out, soon switched right, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Rose Blossom (8-11) at York 5f con stks (2) gf in May.
Lady Brickhouse 12-1 (8-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, hung left and stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Jigajig (8-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.