Normandy Barriere showed progressive form last season and New Bidder won a valuable handicap at the Curragh in September. Both should be winning again this year but blinkers replace the more usual visor on Leicester winner Reputation as he returns to action. King Robert and Suqoor have been competing at this level on the all-weather but the latter has yet to score on Turf so a speculative vote goes the way of GUNMETAL. A recent outing at Doncaster will have blown any cobwebs away and Charlie Hills’ grey colt is only 3lb higher than when scoring on the July course here last summer.
Normandy Barriere (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never involved, 16th of 20, 7 1/2l behind Intisaab (9-9) at York 6f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
King Robert 8-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway approaching final furlong, rider dropped whip inside final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Dubai One (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (3) pol in Mar.
Reputation (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Raced far side, in touch, effort 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 19th of 25, 8 3/4l behind Roudee (9-9) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Moonraker 33-1 (8-5) 10th of 14, 4 3/4l behind Speed Hawk (8-13) at Meydan 5f hcp gd in Feb.
Mont Kiara (FR) 9-1 (8-11) Slowly away keen in rear, ridden over 1f out, never nearer, 8th of 12, 4 3/4l behind Hakam (8-10) at Kempton 6f hcp (2) pol in Apr.
Gunmetal (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led stands side group until merged with far side group over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 18th of 22, 6 3/4l behind Wentworth Falls (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Dark Defender 12-1 (8-12) Led and disputed, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 18, 5 3/4l behind Gymkhana (9-1) at Naas 6f hcp Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Suqoor 10-1 (9-3) In touch, switched right entering final 2f, headway inside final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Take The Helm (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
New Bidder 25-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, always behind, 17th of 21, 9 3/4l behind Muntadab (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Toofi (FR) 33-1 (9-7) In rear stands side, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 15th of 22, 5 1/4l behind Wentworth Falls (9-1) at Doncaster 6f hcp (3) gd in Apr.