Lingfield fourth Katawi is a likely improver. Brave Imp runs in his first handicap and is another for the short-list but ROYAL BRAVE has gone close on a couple of occasions and will be all the better for his third at Brighton. He gets the nod ahead of Kiss From A Rose, who was sent off favourite over 5f at Redcar last month but was hampered soon after the start and never got into contention. She is capable of better while Reaffirmed should do better this year and is preferred to Southwell specialist Razin' Hell of the others.
Brave Imp 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders 2f, soon outpaced, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take moderate 4th inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 9, 11l behind Meadway (9-5) at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Oct.
Razin' Hell 16-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 4f out, soon well beaten, last of 11, 44l behind Sakhalin Star (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in May.
Royal Brave (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Broke smartly tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Iftaar (9-2) at Brighton 6f mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Reaffirmed (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Slowly away in rear, hung right halfway, soon eased, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Jazz (9-5) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Katawi 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, kept on, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Penny Drops (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn fll (5) pol in May.
Palace Princess 33-1 (9-3) Raced keenly tracking leader, hung badly right on bend 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakening when hampered entering final furlong, eased, 12th of 13, 9l behind Syrian Pearl (8-12) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Kiss From A Rose 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Storyline (9-5) at Redcar 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Henke (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Keen led, ridden and headed over 2f out, every chance when badly bumped over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 9l behind Boy In The Bar (9-5) at Pontefract 6f 3yo mdn (5) sft in May.
Rostrum Farewell 13-2 (9-5) Edgy in stalls, in touch, ridden well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 6l behind Tinsill (9-7) at Redcar 5f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Ellingham (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Always in rear, outpaced over 3f out, last of 9, 23l behind Shades of Silk (8-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May.
Hot Amber (USA) 7-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 8, 21l behind Green Music (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.