MME DE STAEL has the profile of a filly ready to rack up a sequence and gets a confident vote ahead of Formidable Guest, Bramalea and Dan Buoy. The latter gets on well with Billy Cray and could cause an upset if allowed too much rope up front, but his best form is over much further and we prefer Mme De Stael. Sir Mark Prescott's filly is a madam in more than just name as she had to be ponied to the start and fitted with both a hood and blinkers last time. The trainer's hard work did the trick though as she obliged in taking style, clearly relishing the step up to 1m4f and switch to polytrack, and providing she can bring that Lingfield form here she'll take some beating under a penalty. Formidable Guest has quickly dropped to a nice mark - she won off 72 here in February and now races off 64 - so may well pose the biggest threat to the likely favourite. She has been struggling of late at Kempton but will relish the return to Dunstall Park. Bramalea is of a similar profile as her last win came over course and distance. She's now a pound lower and can improve upon recent turf efforts. National Theatre needs a market check with headgear on for the first time ahead of his handicap debut, Ancient Times hasn't lived up to his price-tag while Hypnotic Gaze may not stay back on the level. Mme De Stael looks one to keep on the right side and can land this contest with something to spare.
Hypnotic Gaze (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Tracked leader until over 3f out, ridden to chase leader again over 1f out, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind King's Masque (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Mar.
Formidable Guest 12-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Rosco Flyer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Eagle Nebula 9-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, soon tracking leaders until well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Chalice Welcome (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Dubburg (USA) 8-1 (8-8) Always in rear, 12th of 13, 29l behind I'm In The Pink (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Nov.
Love In The Park 20-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 13l behind Milnagavie (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f fll hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Pertemps Networks 20-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 11l behind Moscow Oznick (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
National Theatre (USA) 100-1 (9-7) Always towards rear and struggling most of way, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Lajidaal (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf.
Dan Buoy (FR) 11-2 (8-7) Soon led, strong pace and soon well clear, reduced lead 11f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 18l behind Markington (8-12) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
St Savarin (FR) 9-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 11l behind Jezza (8-4) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Ancient Times (USA) 25-1 (8-11) Always in rear, behind final 3f, last of 8, well behind Desert Hunter (8-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Mme De Stael 6-1 (8-7) Ponied to start, intouch, ridden over 2f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Saggiatore (9-6) by 4l, 7 ran.
Bramalea 22-1 (8-12) Soon held up towards rear, headway on outside 4f out, every chance over 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 5l behind Fantino (9-3) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.