Brian Ellison wouldn't be sending just one horse on the long journey from Yorkshire without good reason so DREAM WALKER, who won four times on soft ground last summer, is given the vote in the hope that the going doesn't dry out too much. Sir MIke has had plenty of experience and is just 2lb higher than his last win though he's been absent since October. Bold Prediction doesn't win often while Mr Red Clubs, who has won seven races on the all-weather, is still a maiden on Turf after 15 starts with just one third place to his name. Jonnie Skull has won no less than 17 races in his career with the majority of his Turf victories coming here so he can never be discounted.
Sir Mike 8-1 (9-4) Led 1f, pressed leader, led again 2f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Chookie Royale (9-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Dream Walker (FR) 9-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 22, 15l behind Brae Hill (9-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Zacynthus (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Raced wide in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 6l behind Purcell (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Tigers Tale (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Mr Red Clubs (IRE) 3-1 (9-13) Mid-division, headway on outer over 1f out, soon led, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Liberty Jack (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Ocean Applause 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 11l behind Heezararity (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 40-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 16l behind Piceno (8-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.