Fareer won this a year ago but is 7lb higher and has a bit to find with St Moritz and Off Chance on their run at Doncaster where the former gained the second of his two victories. He was brushed aside by Side Glance at Ascot later but that was certainly no disgrace. Justonefortheroad is in great heart having won the Thirsk Hunt Cup last time but he's now on his highest-ever mark and this looks tougher. PINTURA is another on a career high mark but that didn't prevent a cracking effort at Chester last week and any further rain will definitely aid his cause. Silvestre De Sousa takes the ride for the first time and Dave Simcock's charge is taken to gain his sixth victory. Wannabe King was well beaten in this a year ago but returned to action with a hard-fought victory at Sandown and a 4lb rise is by no means excessive. Balducci hasn't had much racing for his age and is the type to win some good races this season as is Lucy Wadham's Irish import Crystal Gal, who has competed at a very high level throughout her career and makes her handicap debut.
Fareer 15-8 (8-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, improved over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, unable to quicken and held inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind St Moritz (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Harrison George (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Led far side group and overall leader to halfway, ridden and headed by stands side group over 2f out, soon weakened, 19th of 21, 20l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Apr.
St Moritz (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Took keen hold with leaders, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, no chance with winner when slightly hampered and switched right inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Side Glance (9-0) at Ascot 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Apr.
Balducci 14-1 (8-11) Held up behind, headway on stands side rail over 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Kingsfort (8-11) at Newmarket 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Light From Mars 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, soon strongly challenged, all out, just held on, won at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gf in Apr beating Pintura (8-9) by nk, 25 ran.
Capital Attraction (USA) 33-1 (9-10) Behind, pushed along halfway, soon weakened and eased, pulled up over 1f out, in a race won by Light From Mars (9-7) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gf in Apr, 25 ran.
Off Chance 5-1 (9-7) Ponied to start, held up in last pair in steadily run race, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 110 yards, closed on 2nd, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Seta (9-7) at Goodwood 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in Apr.
Crystal Gal (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Keen and tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 17l behind I'm A Dreamer (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.
Wannabe King 14-1 (9-1) Close up in 5th, travelling well and headway to track leaders when hung right over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, strongly pressed close home, held on, all out, won at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr beating Guest Book (8-2) by ns, 15 ran.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Steadied rear, ridden and no response over 2f out, eased when no chance final furlong, last of 6, 30l behind Side Glance (9-6) at Windsor 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Mass Rally (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Raced stands side, dwelt in rear, short lived effort over 1f out, 18th of 30, 7l behind Docofthebay (8-12) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Osteopathic Remedy (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, rallied and stayed on well inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 3l behind Justonefortheroad (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Dance And Dance (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Started very slowly, always in rear, 14th of 15, 13l behind Wannabe King (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Party Doctor 33-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 18, 13l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.
Balcarce Nov (ARG) 10-1 (9-7) Dwelt, mid-division, pushed along halfway, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 13l behind Justonefortheroad (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Justonefortheroad 4-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, switched right and headway 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr beating Snow Bay (9-1) by 1l, 15 ran.
Mont Agel 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon no impression, 9th of 20, 8l behind Gunner Lindley (8-9) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Totally Ours 16-1 (8-12) Held up in last trio, headway on outside over 3f out, chased leaders 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 12l behind Gertrude Bell (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Apr.
Pintura 4-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd 2f out, chased leader inside final 2f, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, caught final strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Kyllachy Star (8-13) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gf.