Ancient Cross won this in 2011 and again last year where he had the 2012 winner JUDGE 'N JURY back in third. Mick Easterby's charge didn't win again but is still 5lb higher so Ron Harris' veteran, who has Frankie on board, can reverse the form and take this for the second time. Ballesteros hasn't won for two years but looked on the way back on his reappearance at Newbury while Desert Law returns from Dubai where he's been for the past two winters and is 1lb lower than when landing a very tough Ascot handicap in 2012. Best Trip would have a chance on his close fourth in the Bronze Cup while the very speedy Ashpan Sam shouldn't be too inconvenienced by dropping back to the minimum trip as he usually attempts to make all. Long Awaited showed promise on his return to action last month, his first start since July, and has to go on the shortlist.
Magical Macey (USA) 16-1 (9-8) Raced near stand side overall leader, ridden 2f out, head inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 21, 2 1/4l behind Angels Will Fall (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Ballesteros 10-1 (8-13) Raced stand side, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on to lead this group inside final furlong, never a factor, 5th of 8, 3l behind Lucky Beggar (8-13) at Newbury 5f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Bogart 16-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon lost place, 15th of 19, 12l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Doc Hay (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind far side, 13th of 16, 11l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Monsieur Joe (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 7l behind Stepper Point (9-3) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Desert Law (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Medicean Man (9-1) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp gd in Feb.
Secret Asset (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Always behind, 14th of 16, 12l behind Demora (8-11) at Haydock 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep.
Ashpan Sam 14-1 (9-3) Raced stand side, prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 21, 4l behind Goldream (8-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf.
Ancient Cross 40-1 (8-7) Behind stands side, ridden 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, last of 16, 17l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Inxile (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Outpaced in rear, pushed along on wide outside halfway, never on terms, 8th of 9, 9l behind Swan Song (8-13) at Chester 5f cond Stakes (3) gd.
Judge 'n Jury 12-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Normal Equilibrium (8-8) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
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.
Kyleakin Lass 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out on outer, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Pandar (8-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Long Awaited (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Pandar (8-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Normal Equilibrium 6-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, quickened to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Arctic Lynx (8-8) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Lady Gibraltar 10-1 (9-1) Prominent 3f, last of 19, 22l behind Take Cover (9-4) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Elusivity (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 8l behind Pandar (8-3) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Best Trip (IRE) 22-1 (8-3) Behind far side, outpaced 2f out, headway under pressure 1f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Top Boy 5-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear and well off the pace, plenty to do when headway on inside over 1f out, switched left to inner and strong run inside final furlong, finished well, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 12, 4l behind Sir Maximilian (8-7) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Pandar 40-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs beating Waseem Faris (8-0) by 1l, 10 ran.