ART DZEKO won twice around this time last year and will have needed his run at Southwell. He has a bit to find but is one of the few here with scope and is handed the vote. Paramour is on a 10lb lower mark than when he started last season and his trainer does so well with his type while Star City is consistent enough and on a fair mark at just 2lb higher than his Wolverhampton success. Pravda Street ran poorly on his reappearance and like Llewellyn is very moderate but the veterans Glenridding and Violent Velocity are the only course and distance winners and shouldn't be discounted.
Viva Ronaldo (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Rider removed hood very late, badly left, virtually took no part, last of 10, 41l behind Gouray Girl (9-2) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Paramour 12-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, ridden over 4f out, tailed off final 2f, last of 13, well behind Desert Creek (8-3) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Pravda Street 9-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 11l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Llewellyn 13-2 (9-12) Led early, tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Polar Kite (9-9) at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gd.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Held up, weakened over 2f out, 15th of 16, 36l behind Luggers Hall (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar.
Art Dzeko 15-2 (9-2) Outpaced, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Elusive Hawk (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Dialogue 8-1 (8-11) Always behind, 13th of 16, 27l behind Zafranagar (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Mar '12.
Glenridding 9-1 (8-13) Chased winner early, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 11l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Star City (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Prominent, went 2nd 2f out, soon led, ridden and edged left 1f out, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Goal (9-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Whispered Times (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 14, 8l behind Dandarrell (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.