This is a very fast 5f but Ancient Cross was able to quicken off a strong pace to win here nine days ago, finishing just ahead of JUDGE 'N JURY, Fitz Flyer and Magical Macey with Ponty Acclaim among the also-rans. We fancy Ron Harris' course specialist to come out on top at the weights today, however, as he was making his reappearance on that occasion and Thomas Brown again takes off a handy 5lb. Duke Of Firenze is an obvious danger having got back to winning ways at Goodwood, though Lady Gibraltar wasn't far behind and is 6lb better off now. Alan Jarvis' filly has each-way claims, as does the speedy Noble Storm, but York Glory could find the drop to 5f against him and the ground may still be too lively for Doncaster fifth Jamaican Bolt, despite recent rain. Kingsgate Choice and improving Newmarket winner Sir Maximillian look the pick of the remainder.
Elusivity (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced stand side led chasing group, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 17, 6l behind Sole Power (9-0) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon close up in 5th, ridden on inside 3f out, went 4th 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Forest Edge (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Bogart 50-1 (9-8) With leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 5l behind Society Rock (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Judge 'n Jury 12-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 3rd of 15, 1l behind Ancient Cross (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Magical Macey (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 5th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Ancient Cross (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
York Glory (USA) 6-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Mass Rally (9-3) at York 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Duke Of Firenze 6-4fav (9-3) Held up in close touch, switched right well over 1f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on, just held on, won at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Kyleakin Lass (9-4) by shd, 9 ran.
Noble Storm (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Led, driven over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Steps (8-8) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Ancient Cross 14-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd beating Goldream (8-8) by nk, 15 ran.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 5th of 18, 2 3/4l behind Thunderball (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Mar.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along outpaced and struggling before halfway, 10th of 13, 8l behind Forest Edge (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Ponty Acclaim (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 6l behind Ancient Cross (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Barnet Fair 20-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway far side over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Yeeoow (9-2) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Sir Maximilian (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up, headway approaching final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left and ran on, won at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Rebecca Romero (8-12) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Silvanus (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Held up in 7th, headway approaching final 2f, ridden in 5th and no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Forest Edge (8-6) at Chester 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Strange Magic (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) 4th of 10, 4l behind Gengis (8-11) at Fontainebleau(FR) 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Nov.
Lady Gibraltar 33-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost places in closing stages, 6th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Yeeoow (9-2) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden 2f out, effort inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 15, 1 1/4l behind Ancient Cross (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
Bosun Breese 9-1 (8-7) Tracked leader on stand side rail, driven over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Steps (8-8) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Oldjoesaid 4-1fav (9-5) Held up behind, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, always held, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Towbee (9-1) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.