Donjuan Triumphant was only third in this last year and may struggle to better that effort. Kimberella had no problem stepping up to 7f at Thirsk last week but won’t have a bend to rail around here. JALLOTA was placed in a Group 2 on his reappearance last year and won a Group 3 the year before. He easily beat Lahore in this grade at Redcar in October and is only a pound worse off so gets the nod though the lightly-raced Emmaus, who had Via Via behind when showing a smart turn of foot to win a handicap here in the autumn, looks more than capable of coping with the step up in class. Downforce has travelled over from Ireland and has some useful form to his name but has already run three times this month.
Downforce (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Went left early and chased leaders in 5th on far side, ridden in 3rd 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 6 3/4l behind Primo Uomo (9-9) at Navan 5f lst stks (1) Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Above The Rest (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Raced wide tracked leaders, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Kimberella (9-9) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs in Apr.
Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/4l behind Mister Music (8-7) at Southwell 7f hcp (2) pol in Mar.
Emmaus (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Steadied in rear, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead post, won at Leicester 7f hcp (2) gs in Oct beating Sir Dancealot (9-5) by ns, 10 ran.
Gulliver 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, ridden and rallied inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 5 3/4l behind City Light (9-5) at Lingfield 6f stks (2) pol in Mar.
Kimberella 8-1 (9-9) Made all, 3 lengths clear 3f out, ridden approaching final furlong, driven and all out, won at Thirsk 7f stks (3) gs in Apr beating So Beloved (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lahore (USA) 2-1fav (8-12) Keen, held up and behind, headway near side of group chasing leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon not quicken, kept on into 3rd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Jallota (9-0) at Redcar 7f lst stks (1) gs in Oct.
Via Via (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch far side, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 20, 8 1/4l behind Addeybb (9-2) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Hells Babe 25-1 (9-0) Raced alone stands side, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 19, 3l behind Speculative Bid (9-10) at Doncaster 7f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Jallota 8-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, headway on outside chasing leaders over 2f out, ridden and hung right from over 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Bravo Zolo (9-2) at Newmarket 1m lst stks (1) gs in Nov.