Smarty Socks won this a year ago for David O'Meara and the veteran, who was gaining his fourth success on the track that day, will be all the better for his recent run at Ripon. His stable is also represented by the easy Haydock winner Dubai Hills, who is up 8lb for that victory, and Alejandro, who should be approaching his best after two runs in testing conditions. True Pleasure completed a double in impressive fashion at Catterick but a 7lb rise makes this more difficult while Kalk Bay hasn't won since August 2012 yet is still 5lb higher. DUSKY QUEEN has won her last two starts over the course and distance and Ryan Moore gave her a superb ride to snatch the spoils a month ago in a bunch finish. She won with a bit in hand so the fact that she's just 2lb higher suggests she's ready to go in again. Johnny Cavagin was impressive at Catterick but takes a step-up in grade from a 7lb higher mark.
Secret Recipe 7-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra from 2f out, weakened, last of 10, 16l behind Gunner Lindley (8-11) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, always in rear, last of 8, 17l behind King Torus (8-12) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Dusky Queen (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway near side over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, driven out, won at York 7f fls hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May beating Subtle Knife (8-11) by nk, 11 ran.
Dubai Hills 4-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked winner, led again over 3f out, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May beating Extraterrestrial (9-2) by 4l, 9 ran.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, hung left and no impression after, 5th of 8, 12l behind Best Of Order (9-6) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in May.
Alejandro (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Conry (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Joe Eile (IRE) 17-2 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on outer over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Conry (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Grissom (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders far side, ridden and effort 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 2l behind Bear Behind (9-5) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May.
Johnny Cavagin 9-2 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on strongly, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May beating Powerful Presence (9-7) by 4l, 12 ran.
Escape To Glory (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Llanarmon Lad (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Green Howard 6-1fav (8-9) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Conry (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Kakatosi 9-2 (8-8) In touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 3l behind Chosen Character (9-3) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Kalk Bay (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, not clear run and hampered over 1f out, soon switched left, not able to recover, 6th of 12, 6l behind That's Plenty (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Lazarus Bell 11-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Off The Pulse (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Personal Touch 5-1 (8-8) Reared in stalls before start, prominent, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Best Of Order (9-6) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in May.
True Pleasure (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Held up, headway over 4f out, switched right over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, readily, won at Catterick 7f flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Gladsome (8-0) by 5l, 6 ran.