Mull of Dubai won this event 12 months ago off a 4lb higher mark than he races off today and he has to be respected but he came from stall four last year and, like a lot of the runners coming into the race this year in good form, including the likely favourite Spirit Is Needed, he is not so well drawn today so it may be worth siding with TRIP THE LIGHT. Richard Fahey's gelding dropped into a claimer to resume winning ways over course and distance last time but he won that race last month in good fashion and may now be ready for the return to a handicap off what seems a fair mark. Bow To No One is 2lbs lower than when a close second over two miles at Ascot last time and has to be considered but he is badly drawn in stall 15, while Tim Easterby's Crackentorp has solid claims on form but again has a difficult outside draw to overcome. Gerard Butler's Just Like Silk is now 8lbs higher than when scoring at Newbury last time, while Siberian Tiger would have every chance if able to reproduce recent hurdles form back on the level. He is well drawn, something that Spirit Is Needed, for who Nina Carberry has been booked, is not and with a good draw it may be worth siding with Trip The Light.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 17th of 23, 19l behind Charm School (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Crackentorp 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, tracked leader 2f out, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Dayia (8-10) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gs in May.
Spirit Is Needed (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Set steady pace, ridden and quickened over 2f out, edged left 1f out, headed near finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Martyr (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Shadows Lengthen 22-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 15, 24l behind Hanoverian Baron (8-3) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Trip The Light 5-4fav (9-0) In touch in chasing group, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, driven out, won at York 1m 4f clm stks (4) gf in May beating Saloon (8-11) by 1l, 10 ran.
Bothy 11-2 (8-11) Held up in rear, driven over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 8l behind Veloso (8-1) at Southwell 1m 4f 4yo hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in May.
Bow To No One (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Ermyn Lodge (8-10) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Just Like Silk (USA) 7-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead well over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug beating Safebreaker (9-11) by 4l, 13 ran.
Alcalde 4-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, ran wide on paddock bend and lost place, pushed along over 4f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 5, 5l behind Granston (9-6) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Mull of Dubai 33-1 (8-8) Behind, headway and switched to inside over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no chance with unchallenged winner, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Fortuni (8-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Conquisto 9-2 (9-7) In rear, headway to lead 5f out, joined 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 24l behind King's Salute (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (3) pol in Nov.
Hollow Green (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Held up in 5th, ridden along 4f out, struggling over 2f out, last of 6, 9l behind Cairnsmore (9-4) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
King Fingal (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Submariner (9-1) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Southern Regent (IND) 15-2 (8-11) Tracked leader, came towards stand side and effort over 2f out, soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to regain lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in May beating Speed Dating (8-9) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Antigua Sunrise (IRE) 7-4fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and chance over 1f out, not quicken and no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Just Lille (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Daaweitza 16-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 11l behind Forte Dei Marmi (9-3) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in May.
Twisted 9-2 (8-12) Mid-division, effort 3f out to over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 16l behind Racing Hero (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun '09.
Edas 10-1 (9-13) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 13l behind The Last Alzao (10-2) at Haydock 1m 2f ladies hcap (5) gf in May.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Raced wide, in touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, found extra when pressed inside final furlong, won at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May beating Rock A Doodle Doo (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.