Michele Strogoff returns to 7f after just missing out over a mile at Carlisle last week but a couple of these may improve past her. Makkaar won a maiden race at Newmarket in October and could go close but SABADOR was runner-up on his handicap debut at Leicester earlier in the month and Ed Walker’s charge is taken to come out best with further progress expected. Tavener has already won twice this year but in lower grade contests and Russian Realm is preferred dropping down in class for this.
Michele Strogoff 7-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Pensax Boy (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp (4) gf in May.
Fieldsman (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on inside, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 10 3/4l behind Finn Class (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp (4) sft in May.
Russian Realm 25-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 3l behind Aardwolf (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp (2) gf in May.
Dragon King (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders far side, weakened well over 1f out, last of 14, 19l behind Magical Effect (8-13) at Ripon 6f hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Zoravan (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, weakened quickly over 1f out, eased, last of 7, 9 1/2l behind Sophie P (8-13) at Ayr 1m hcp (3) gf in May.
Tavener 9-2 (10-2) Disputed lead and soon clear, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6 3/4l behind Duke Of North (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (4) gs in May.
Jay Kay 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened from over 2f out, last of 7, 22 3/4l behind Custard The Dragon (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Sabador (FR) 4-1 (8-10) In touch and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Naval Warfare (9-1) at Leicester 1m hcp (4) gf in May.
Makkaar (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Made all, hard ridden when strongly challenged entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Newmarket 7f mdn stks (4) gd in Oct beating Top Mission (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Fayez (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Steadied start, keen, held up in touch, not clear run over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 5th of 6, 5 1/2l behind Starlight Romance (8-8) at Beverley 7f hcp (3) gf in Apr.
Slemy (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Slowly away, in rear and keen, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 12 1/4l behind Theodorico (9-2) at Wetherby 7f hcp (4) gd in May.