GLOBAL LEADER is the obvious choice. He's admirably consistent and hasn't stopped improving yet judged on his recent win at Yarmouth. He gets the vote with Ryan Moore keeping the winning partnership intact. Both Eastern Dragon and Intomist have looked high enough in the weights of late but Charter remains lightly-raced and William Buick is on board for his belated reappearance. My Son Max hasn't won on Turf since 2011 and the returning Wordismybond looked in the handicapper's grip for most of last year.
Eastern Dragon (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Iseemist (8-11) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Charter (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, headway and switched right to inside over 2f out, driven and chased leading pair over 1f out, not clear run and switched left to chase winner inside final furlong, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Grand Denial (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gf in Jun '13.
Intomist (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Close up, not clear run over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Dr Red Eye (9-8) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
My Son Max 9-2 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, ridden halfway, headway entering final furlong, no impression after, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Gaelic Wizard (8-11) at Southwell 7f app clm stks (6) fbs in Jun.
Global Leader (IRE) 11-8fav (9-8) Made all, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and flashed tail final furlong, driven out, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Hot Mustard (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Wordismybond 20-1 (9-7) Slight lead until over 2f out, soon lost 2nd, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 16l behind Stormbound (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.