They may be drawn on opposite sides of the track but the three-year-olds MR OPTIMISTIC and Cadeaux Pearl both have decent claims in this. The latter was a little disappointing when only third at Windsor on Monday, however, so the vote goes to Richard Fahey's charge who was put up 5lb after winning at Ayr last time but is clearly still heading in the right direction. Tombi goes well on the Knavesmire and has fallen to a very attractive mark, while Rocket Rob has been knocking on the door recently and should be in the firing-line again. Haajes could also play a part if back to his best while Discanti looks the pick of Tim Easterby's pair, despite a below-par effort at Thirsk last month.
Ancient Cross 10-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden 2f out, kept on towards finish, never nearer, 7th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Masamah (9-9) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Befortyfour 22-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 16, 6l behind Burning Thread (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Captain Carey 9-2 (9-7) Slightly hampered start, held up, headway on outside halfway, staying on same pace in 3rd and no impression on leading duo when carried right inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Humidor (8-13) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Discanti (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders far side group, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 12th of 16, 8l behind Mon Brav (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Tombi (USA) 66-1 (8-7) In touch, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 17th of 20, 15l behind Hoof It (9-1) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Duchess Dora (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, no quicken near finish, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Ginger Ted (8-12) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Hamoody (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up and behind, headway centre over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Bedloe's Island (8-3) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Rocket Rob (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Bumped start, in rear, not much room over 1f out until switched right inside final furlong, stayed on well towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Solemn (8-10) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Medici Time 20-1 (8-8) Raced stands' side, dwelt in rear, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Addictive Dream (9-4) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Nadeen (IRE) 4-1fav (8-10) Chased leaders standside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 21l behind Marvellous Value (8-8) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Magical Macey (USA) 12-1 (9-9) Went right start, prominent on outside, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 5th of 14, 8l behind Lost In Paris (9-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (3) gd.
Mayoman (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Rider removed blind late and slowly away, in rear, switched left over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ginger Ted (8-12) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Haajes 33-1 (9-5) Close up, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 7l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Mr Optimistic 7-2 (9-2) In touch and keen, not much room just under 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May beating Tro Nesa (8-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Cadeaux Pearl 10-3 (9-4) Ridden leaving stalls and soon setting fast pace, hard ridden over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Style And Panache (8-13) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Bedloe's Island (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Nomoreblondes (8-1) by 3/4l, 9 ran.