Big fields tend to fragment on the straight course here and those drawn low can have an advantage when the ground is riding on the soft side of good. Purcell, drawn 10, has won his last two starts on the Polytrack and his yard remains in fine form. Flyman beat a big field on soft ground on his reappearance over 6f at Doncaster, though finished behind Ayaar over this trip at Newmarket last August and is 4lb worse off. Frankie Dettori's mount makes plenty of appeal of those drawn near the stands rail while Glen Moss, beaten by Georgian Bay at Kempton before going one better against Louis The Pious and 12 others at Haydock, is also interesting. Heaven's Guest, last year's second Bertiewhittle and Loving Spirit filled the first three places in a similar contest over track and trip in the autumn. The latter comes out best at the weights today but REDVERS wasn't far behind that day despite missing the break. Ed Vaughan's six-year-old likes it here and wasn't far behind Bertiewhittle when fourth in the race last year. He's favoured by the weights now and must have a cracking chance after a pipe-opener at Warwick.
Captain Ramius (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Prominent far side, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Bertiewhittle 11-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden along on outside over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 14, 3l behind Glen Moss (9-0) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 5l behind Hamza (9-6) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Gabriel's Lad (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Slowly away in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 6l behind Eton Forever (9-3) at Leicester 7f Listed stks (1) gd in Apr.
Belgian Bill 20-1 (9-9) Mid-division stands side, ridden and headway over 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 10th of 31, 7l behind Educate (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Glen Moss (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd inside final 3f, led over 2f out, hard ridden final furlong, kept on gamely, won at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr beating Louis The Pious (9-0) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Pastoral Player 14-1 (9-9) Reared badly start and lost all chance, 9th of 12, 18l behind My Freedom (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Oct.
Dont Bother Me (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and soon chased leader, led entering final 3f, headed over 2f out, ridden chasing winner, lost 2nd 1f out, chased leading pair, no extra in 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Glen Moss (9-0) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Loving Spirit 3-1fav (9-4) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Sea Shanty (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, quickened clear entering final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr beating Glen Moss (9-6) by 2l, 9 ran.
Louis The Pious 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on under pressure into 2nd final 100 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Glen Moss (9-0) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Flyman 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led well inside final furlong, kept on, driven out, won at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar beating Joey's Destiny (8-7) by 3/4l, 18 ran.
Purcell (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Made all, quickened clear over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr beating Nassau Storm (9-0) by 3l, 9 ran.
Redvers (IRE) 3-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, never on terms, 4th and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 13l behind Music Master (8-12) at Warwick 6f stks (3) gd in Apr.
Ayaar (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Keen, towards rear, pushed along when hung right over 2f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Georgian Bay (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Excellent Guest 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, some headway over 2f out, never reached leaders, 10th of 14, 9l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Bronze Angel (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Raced stand side, towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 23, 4 1/2l behind Gabrial's Kaka (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Don't Call Me (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 15th of 16, 25l behind Yourartisonfire (7-12) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Burn The Boats (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Frontier Fighter 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 7l behind Captain Cat (9-5) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Tellovoi (IRE) 5-2 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on and not pace of winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Horsted Keynes (9-1) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Gramercy (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 14, 17l behind Glen Moss (9-0) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Brownsea Brink 8-1fav (8-10) Raced center, held up, headway and every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 23, 2 1/4l behind Gabrial's Kaka (8-12) at Newbury 1m hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Dubawi Sound 33-1 (9-3) Raced wide early led, clear 5f out, ridden when headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Eton Forever (9-3) at Leicester 7f Listed stks (1) gd in Apr.
Spiritual Star (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 3l behind George Guru (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol in Mar.
Boots And Spurs 11-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 16th of 22, 26l behind Brae Hill (9-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Capo Rosso (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Made all at strong pace and pressed until came clear 2f out, stayed on well, eased close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr beating Gworn (9-4) by 5l, 6 ran.
Sound Advice 20-1 (8-10) Steadied after start, held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never a threat, 7th of 16, 7l behind Yourartisonfire (7-12) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Ruwaiyan (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Held up in last pair, switched right to outside going well 2f out, headway tracking leaders over 1f out, quickened to lead and edged left approaching final furlong, soon clear, ran on well, won at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Capaill Liath (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.