Captain Carey will continue to prove tough to beat here, but with the heavens due to open conditions may go against him and fall right for FAVOURITE GIRL, while Atlantic Story and Luscivious are last-time winners with claims. The selection will want a strong pace or some rain to be seen to best effect here, as her optimum trip is probably 6f. However, she did win over 5f on heavy ground at Haydock a couple of seasons back and she comes here in form and still 1lb below that mark, so we will give her the vote. Captain Carey is seeking a hat-trick and is certainly a leading player as a specialist over the minimum distance, but he needs to improve again today and rain would not be entirely to his taste. Atlantic Story will probably find this too short, but a decent clip would suit him, while trip and any ease in the ground would suit Luscivious, who can go well, but may find that the handicapper has him. Go Go Green acts on any ground but is another whom the assessor appears to be controlling and Favourite Girl is the choice.
Desert Phantom (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Bumped start, held up in rear, never on terms, 10th of 13, 10l behind Rileyskeepingfaith (9-1) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Captain Carey 7-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Abraham Lincoln (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Atlantic Story (USA) 1-2fav (9-0) Broke well, steadied and held up in 3rd, headway over 1f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 7f 4yo stk (3) pol in Jan beating Aeroplane (8-9) by 1l, 4 ran.
Hotham 25-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind when hampered after 1f, never a factor, 13th of 15, 11l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-10) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Go Go Green (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 14, 10l behind Castles In The Air (8-13) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Equuleus Pictor 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 5l behind Palisades Park (9-5) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Invincible Lad (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched left entering final furlong, ran on, not reached leaders, 4th of 13, 3/4l behind Palisades Park (9-5) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Luscivious 5-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr beating Highland Warrior (7-11) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Rowayton 11-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, soon headed, ridden entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Novellen Lad (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Piscean (USA) 14-1 (9-10) Slowly away and lost all off 4 lengths, in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, nowhere to go inside final furlong, ran on, unlucky, 5th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Palisades Park (9-5) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Feelin Foxy 28-1 (8-3) Hampered start, mid-division, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, took 4th last stride, 4th of 16, 3l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-1) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Hypnosis 9-1 (9-6) Broke well, led, ridden and headed 1f out, soon lost place, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Lost In Paris (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (3) gf.
Tyrannosaurus Rex (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Towards rear, some headway on inside final 1f, never in contention, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Bertoliver (9-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Favourite Girl (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Made all, brought field to stands side straight, ridden over 1f out, driven out, won at Catterick 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Solar Spirit (8-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.