Secret Witness won this in 2012 but hasn't scored again since. He beat Fast Shot on that occasion and the latter arrives in fine form with wins at Pontefract and Ripon last month. El Viento finished behind Fast Shot last time but Paul Hanagan's presence suggests the former is preferred to stablemates Baccarat and Summerinthecity. Yeeoow was well ahead of Out Do when runner-up at Newmarket last time and Lancelot Du Lac held his form well in hot sprints on the all-weather earlier in the year. Blaine has slipped down the weights and gets Richard Hughes on board while Royal Rascal won the Rockingham over track and trip in 2012. Jamaica Bolt is better over the minimum trip but dual 5f winner AETNA has yet to race over today's distance. He did score over 7f on his racecourse debut, however, so Mick Easterby's progressive sprinter could go close on his preferred soft ground.
Valbchek (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, never on terms, 10th of 12, 11l behind Alben Star (9-5) at Lingfield 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway when switched left approaching final furlong, not clear run inside final furlong, soon eased, 8th of 12, 6l behind Alben Star (9-5) at Lingfield 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Baccarat (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Pulled hard early, tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon headed, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Breton Rock (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs in Apr.
Royal Rock 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, driven and effort 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression in modest 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Music Master (8-12) at Warwick 6f stks (3) gd in Apr.
Whozthecat (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Sweating, chased leader, ridden halfway, every chance 2f out, rider dropped whip soon after, weakened final furlong, 10th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.
Mezzotint (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 16th of 17, 28l behind Ocean Tempest (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Fast Shot 10-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders far side, driven over 1f out, stayed on to challenge inside final furlong, led narrowly final strides, won at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr beating Barkston Ash (8-2) by nk, 16 ran.
Blaine 8-1 (9-7) Pushed along towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Bondesire (8-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Royal Rascal 33-1 (9-4) Towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 4l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Secret Witness 25-1 (9-7) Raced centre, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 15, 6l behind Blessington (9-0) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Aetna (8-12) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
El Viento (FR) 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 16, 9l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Regal Parade 33-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Glen Moss (9-0) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Aetna 9-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Bondesire (8-9) at Beverley 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Colonel Mak 20-1 (8-6) Chased leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 8th of 16, 5l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Picture Dealer 8-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Out Do 10-1 (8-11) Raced stand side, dwelt in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 11th of 21, 5l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Summerinthecity (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Doc Hay (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Joe Packet 9-2fav (9-5) In rear, plenty to do over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ashpan Sam (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Yeeoow (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Raced centre, tracked leaders, ridden to lead this group inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 21, 1/2l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.