I Am Not Here was still beaten five lengths when runner-up at Doncaster on his return. He remains 10lb higher than last year's win at Newbury while Sherman McCoy was also well behind the winner when third here a fortnight ago and his last couple of course wins came over 1m6f. Dalaki has a shout off his current mark but Nonagon is upped in class for his first start since winning an amateurs' race at Nottingham in October. DRY YOUR EYES has not raced since June but improvement is expected on only his second outing for David O'Meara and he gets a tentative vote with his earlier win coming over today's trip in heavy going.
Russian Royale 7-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, under pressure over 3f out, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never a threat, 3rd of 7, 9 3/4l behind Astra Hall (8-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Apr.
Dry Your Eyes (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway when slightly hampered 3f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/4l behind Exclusive Contract (8-10) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp fll (5) gf in Jun.
Sherman McCoy 9-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out until over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, 3rd of 13, 11 3/4l behind Mirsaale (9-8) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in Apr.
Dalaki (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Very slowly away, towards rear, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/4l behind Alphabetical Order (11-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (5) sft in Apr.
I Am Not Here (IRE) 9-2fav (9-3) Midfield, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on well closing stages, nearest finish, 2nd of 16, 5l behind Chilworth Bells (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp (5) sft in Apr.
Triple Eight (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, dist behind Mirsaale (9-8) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in Apr.
Antonio Joli (IRE) 100-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 4 1/4l behind Biodynamic (8-7) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Moccasin (FR) 20-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 10th of 12, 13 1/4l behind My Lord (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Splash Of Verve (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 22 1/4l behind Mirsaale (9-8) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in Apr.
Operateur (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, effort 3 out, soon one pace, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 9, 28 1/4l behind Worldor (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Nonagon 5-2fav (10-8) Mid-division on outside, headway 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden clear over 2f out, kept on strongly, won at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp (6) hvy in Oct beating Whitchurch (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.