GILDED AGE is selected ahead of Nawaadi and Off Chance in a tough looking finale. In truth, not too many can be confidently ruled out but good money for Gosforth Park and Antigua Sunrise would also be noteworthy. The former, as we'll touch on later, already has improvement to find. But he has a race within him and could be good value for a place in the frame. Antigua Sunrise is going the right way but needs to prove he has the stamina for the trip. Off Chance is a lightly raced type who has been given a lenient mark despite winning at Ripon last month. This is obviously a good deal tougher but this Tim Easteby-trained filly has plenty of untapped potential. She is worth following whatever happens here. Nawaadi is getting better with each run and is not out-faced at this level. He did get warm in the preliminaries last time; so it remains to be seen how he will handle the hustle and bustle of the Knavesmire. Gilded Age, on the other hand, has seemed to relish his visits to the racecourse so far and, if his pounding defeat of Gosforth Park at Redcar is anything to go by, there is plenty more to come from this stoutly bred individual.
Kudu Country (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Towards rear, soon chased along, headway over 4f, weakened over 2f, 12th of 18, 9l behind Henderson Park (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Tepmokea (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Led, driven when headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Gitano Hernando (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Mar.
Bigalo's Star (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) With leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, kept on until no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 20, 4l behind Shady Lady (8-12) at Redcar 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Oct.
Madamlily (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden along over 3f out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 28l behind Gitano Hernando (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Mar.
Gilded Age 4-6fav (8-9) Chased leader early, ridden to lead well over 2f out, clear final furlong, won at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Apr beating Gosforth Park (8-2) by 7l, 9 ran.
Nawaadi (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Brunston (8-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Haljaferia (UAE) 5-1 (8-8) Held up, headway 4f out, hard driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf beating Lasso The Moon (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Tropical Bachelor (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on inner over 2f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Kersivay (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Spartan Prince (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leader, led after 2f, headed well over 2f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Topolski (9-7) at Redcar 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Dazinski 11-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 10, 6l behind Oasis Knight (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Antigua Sunrise (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Held up behind leaders, headway on inner 2f out, driven over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Topolski (9-4) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Tapis Wizard 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, brief effort over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Tiger Reigns (9-2) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Off Chance 6-1 (8-12) Steadied at start and held up, smooth headway over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr beating Signaller (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Gosforth Park 22-1 (8-2) Held up on outer, soon chasing leaders, led 4f out, headed well over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Gilded Age (8-9) at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.