Tarooq made giant strides on Polytrack over the winter. Starting off in a seller, he rattled up a five-timer before finishing third in a Listed race at Lingfield in March but his absence since and the switch to Turf raises questions here. Titus Gent has been knocking on the door while Arctic Lynx is another consistent type who should be in the firing-line but we like the look of the unexposed OUT DO. Luca Cumani's gelding may not have beaten much at Kempton in October and the handicapper has kept him on the same mark as when a close-up sixth in a decent race at Salisbury earlier. Fitness won't be a problem and William Buick keeps the partnership intact. The three-year-old Equitania has plenty of speed and could also play a part.
Tarooq (USA) 6-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ladies Are Forever (8-12) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Titus Gent 20-1 (8-5) Rider removed hood late and slowly away, outpaced towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong and finished well, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Arctic Feeling (8-2) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Balty Boys (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 4f out, soon lost place, well beaten over 2f out, 9th of 10, 17l behind Captain Bertie (8-12) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Piazza San Pietro 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 10, 19l behind Nocturn (9-7) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Red Aggressor (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) Soon chasing leader, lost 2nd 2f out, weakened quickly soon after, last of 14, 27l behind York Glory (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Out Do 2-5fav (9-3) Settled towards rear, smooth headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, quickened clear, readily, won at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Gaelic Ice (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Tropics (9-6) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Equitania 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders early, mid-division, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, edged left towards finish, 4th of 10, 4l behind Normal Equilibrium (8-9) at Chester 5f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Frognal (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) In rear, headway on inner 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Langley Vale (8-11) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Off the pace in 6th, never on terms, 6th of 8, 4l behind Blanc De Chine (9-2) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.