Matsunosuke would have hosed up in his pomp and is still just the top-rated on official ratings. He may still be good enough but Efistorm, one year his senior at 11, and BUNCE are preferred. The former has his 125th outing here and his 15th of the year but hasn't been seen on soft ground since 2008 no less. In contrast, Bunce has no such ground concerns and also stays a seventh furlong which may prove very useful in these conditions. Kyllachy Storm has scored every year since 2008 and is not discounted but he does tend to reserve his best days for Bath.
Bunce (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, weakened well over 1f out, last of 12, 22l behind Shifting Star (9-4) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Efistorm 5-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Spin Again (9-2) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in May.
Kyllachy Storm 6-1 (8-2) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Amazing Win (8-7) at Goodwood 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Matsunosuke 20-1 (9-4) Held up, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 6l behind Redair (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Unlimited 4-1 (9-5) In touch, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Hierarch (9-0) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Gypsy Jazz (IRE) 100-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 33l behind Julius Geezer (9-6) at Leicester 6f sell stks (6) gf in May.