Horses drawn in stall one have an unenviable record in this contest so Lord Charles has to be respected with the plum draw but Bill Turner's colt had to settle for a minor role behind Richard Hannon's Gilded at Newmarket last time and may have to play a second fiddle to another Hannon inmate today with the vote going to Cav Okay, who is preferred to Mubaashir. The last mentioned was a rare first time out juvenile winner for trainer Ed Dunlop when landing a Kempton handicap at the beginning of the month and he can be expected to come on for the run, although the draw could have been kinder. Mind The Style, a stablemate of Lord Charles, needs to improve on all known form, while Hucking Hill has the benefit of experience and a good draw but is more exposed than most of these. The vote then goes to Cav Okay, who created a favourable impression on his debut at Kempton and is taken to follow up for the in-form Richard Hannon yard.
Cav Okay (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Made all, 4 lengths clear halfway, shaken up approaching final furlong, drew right away, won at Newbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Apr beating See In The Dark (9-3) by 5l, 7 ran.
Mind The Style 15-8 (9-0) Made all, hard driven over 1f out, held on gamely final furlong, won at Brighton 5f 2yo mdn (5) frm in Apr beating Rippling River (9-3) by a nk, 5 ran.
Mubaashir (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched out to chase leader over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, driven out, won at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn (4) pol beating Benchmark (9-3) by a shd, 7 ran.
Hucking Hill (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Tracked winner, outpaced well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 1/2l behind Gradetime (8-6) at Lingfield 5f 2yo stk (3) pol.
Lord Charles 10-1 (8-9) Dwelt, soon with leaders, every chance over 1f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Gilded (8-13) at Newmarket 5f 2yo stk (3) gd in Apr.
Smirfy's Silver 9-1 (8-11) Held up, headway on inner over 1f out, switched right inside last, stayed on, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Prospect Place (9-2) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Apr.
Ask Don't Tell (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden and headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, edged left but kept on, won at W'hampton 5f 2yo mdn aut (7) pol in Apr beating Hucking Hot (8-8) by 2l, 11 ran.