A big weight is no deterrent as all five latest winners carried 9st 8lb or more. Short Squeeze won two handicaps at this level last summer and has been competing in better class this campaign. He's respected but the vote has to go to DUTCH ROSE. She's run on the Knavesmire four times, all over this trip, and is unbeaten. David O'Meara's mare led until this distance when runner-up in a Listed contest over a mile at Pontefract last time and can continue her magnificent sequence on this track. Sir Reginald generally competes well at this sort of level but remains 4lb higher than his last success in September and stablemate Tiger Twenty Two could be a better bet as he gained his only victory on this track. Silent Bullet disappointed when stepped up to a mile at Salisbury after an excellent reappearance over this trip but Alfred Hutchinson has to be respected as he wasn't far behind the selection here in May and is much better off at the weights. Alejandro went up 7lb for winning here last month and couldn't cope at Haydock though he didn't enjoy the soft ground.
Short Squeeze (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, headway 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Custom Cut (9-4) at Windsor 1m Listed stks (1) gs in Jun.
Dutch Rose (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Audacia (9-0) at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) sft.
Royal Rascal 12-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, well beaten over 1f out, 17th of 18, 23l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf.
Alejandro (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 2f out, still every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Heavy Metal (9-5) at Haydock 7f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Sir Reginald 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, switched right 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Blaine (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Silent Bullet (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Raced freely tracking leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 9, 9l behind The Rectifier (10-0) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Yeeoow (IRE) 4-1fav (8-11) Held up, headway stands side over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, unable to challenge, 6th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Blaine (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Mezzotint (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 13, 12l behind Heaven's Guest (9-3) at Newmarket 7f hcp (2) gs.
Alfred Hutchinson 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf.
Shahdaroba (IRE) 4-1 (9-13) Led, pushed along over 4f out, driven 3f out, headed 2f out, stayed close up, bumped inside final furlong, led again towards finish, won at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Self Employed (9-6) by shd, 5 ran.
Tiger Twenty Two 13-2 (8-11) Towards rear, not clear run just inside 3f out, headway 2f out, went 3rd towards finish, stayed on, no impression, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Roachdale House (8-11) at Chester 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jun.