Ruth Carr and Kevin Ryan have won six of the last nine renewals between them. The former runs Big Storm Coming, runner-up in a tougher race at Redcar in October, but TRAIL BLAZE has a couple of runs under his belt this year. The latter won off an 11lb higher mark at this time last year and this is easier than his latest task at Nottingham. Birdman is upped in class off a 9lb higher mark as he bids for a hat-trick while Evanescent and Munfallet showed good progress last season and make more appeal than Twin Point in this grade.
Birdman (IRE) 10-11fav (9-13) Chased leaders, headway to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr beating Janaab (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Evanescent (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 21, 6l behind Mujazif (9-2) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Nov.
Munfallet (IRE) 20-1 (8-0) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind Telmeyd (9-7) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Oct.
Kingscroft (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) in Apr beating Childesplay (9-3) by 1l, 9 ran.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden when not much room 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 9, 4l behind Yourartisonfire (9-4) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr.
Big Storm Coming 12-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, stayed on strongly and just held near finish, 2nd of 16, hd behind Karaka Jack (8-10) at Redcar 1m hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Twin Point 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on outside, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 9l behind Claim The Roses (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) in Mar.
Be Royale 16-1 (8-4) Raced centre close up, ridden to lead overall and edged left to stand side group, headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Duelling Dragon (8-11) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr.