Things didn't work out for Brown Pete in a typically messy Brighton contest last time but he was still only beaten three lengths, finishing fifth of seven. He'd been in fair form previously but there must be a doubt about his effectiveness over this longer trip on soft ground. RIGID is put forward as a value option with Tony Carroll continuing to tick along nicely under both codes. His gelding is not the most consistent around but does stay the trip and will handle conditions having won on the soft over hurdles. Celtic Charlie is also unproven on the ground but has claims if handling it whilst Shirataki has assured stamina and didn't go too badly at Kempton last time.
Darsan (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Led, clear 7f out, headed over 4f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 33l behind Boston Blue (9-2) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Brown Pete (IRE) Evensfav (9-5) Dwelt tracked leaders after 2f, ridden and every chance over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong when struck across head by rivals whip, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Hierarch (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Shirataki (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 3f out, kept on until heaaded approaching final furlong, no impresssion when lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened to 4th close home, 4th of 12, 4l behind Refractor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Cookieshake 33-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, behind and eased final 2f, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Maydream (8-11) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Gower Rules (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Oneiric (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Rigid 15-2 (9-2) Led chasing group until over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Ostentation (9-7) at Brighton 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 8-1 (8-13) Rearing in stalls, started very slowly, in rear until headway on outside halfway, went 3rd over 4f out, ridden and chance 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 11, 17l behind Resplendent Alpha (8-13) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Underscore (USA) 10-1 (11-7) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Todlea (11-4) at Goodwood 1m 1f amt hcp (5) gf in Sep '06.
Rosy Dawn 18-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 26l behind Lord Of The Storm (8-8) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Apr.