As usual, a highly competitive Victoria Cup in the offing. TARTIFLETTE features prominently in the betting which is no surprise as she beat a handful of these when scoring at Haydock a fortnight ago. Ground and trip suit and she looks a filly on the up. Cape Classic and Highland Colori finished closest to the selection at Haydock while Dream Tune was fifth behind Haaf A Sixpence at Newbury last month. Ralph Beckett's charge had earlier beaten Fast Finian on the all-weather and the latter went on to beat Khubala at Yarmouth recently. Glen Moss has plenty of scope after a second on his reappearance and could figure while Loving Spirit finished just ahead of Lightning Cloud here in October and Solar Deity at Kempton last month. David Marnane sent Dandy Boy over from Ireland to win this in 2010 so Jamesie is another worthy of consideration.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) won at Munich(GER) 6f Grp 3 (1) gd, 9 ran.
Prince Of Johanne (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up, switched right over 4f out, headway 3f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 11th of 22, 8l behind Levitate (8-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar.
Cape Classic (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden and chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Tartiflette (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Rebellious Guest 9-1 (9-5) Raced far side, held up, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 14th of 16, 17l behind Fulbright (9-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Jul.
Born To Surprise 5-1 (9-3) Slowly away, in rear far side, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 13l behind Gabriel's Lad (8-10) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Oct.
Solar Deity (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Es Que Love (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Jamesie (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, headway into 8th 2f out, ridden into 6th 1f out, ran on well final furlong, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Strait Of Zanzibar (8-8) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Apr.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Slowly away in rear, plenty to do 3f out, headway on outer over 1f out, ran on strongly, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-1) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Khubala (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Fast Finian (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Loving Spirit 9-2 (9-0) Held up last, smooth headway on inside 2f out, went 2nd and strong challenge inside final furlong, stayed on, hung left in closing stages, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Es Que Love (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Radio Gaga 9-1 (8-12) Soon towards rear, pushed along and struggling 3f out, 13th of 14, 23l behind Lily's Angel (9-1) at Kempton 1m fll lst stks (1) pol in Apr.
Bronze Prince 10-1 (9-0) Went left start, made all, soon clear, hard driven over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar beating Belgian Bill (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Settled behind leaders, moderate 4th halfway, closer 2f out, ridden in 3rd and no impression leaders 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy.
Tartiflette 10-1 (8-7) Held up, good headway from 2f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr beating Summerinthecity (7-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Mabait 10-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, no impression towards outside when pushed right well over 1f out, never on terms, 12th of 13, 12l behind George Guru (8-10) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Well Painted (IRE) 5-1fav (9-1) Mid-division stand side group, stayed on final furlong, no impression on far side group, 9th of 20, 6l behind Tartiflette (8-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Nov.
Bertiewhittle 16-1 (9-3) Raced near side, held up, headway over 2f out, chased group leaders over 1f out, went 2nd in group final 100 yards, not pace of leading quartett far side, 6th of 26, 2 1/2l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Excellent Guest 50-1 (9-1) Raced near side, held up towards rear, weakened and well behind 3f out, eased final 2f, last of 33, well behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Highland Colori (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Tartiflette (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Dream Tune 16-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner until 1f out, chased leading pair and hung left inside final furlong, faded and lost 2 places final 100 yard, 5th of 25, 2 3/4l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Smarty Socks (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Squeezed out start, always in rear, 10th of 11, 7l behind Tartiflette (8-7) at Haydock 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Apr.
Elusive Flame 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, pushed along plugged on same pace and no impression inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 6l behind Nocturn (8-13) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Haaf A Sixpence 10-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead well over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, won at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr beating Guest of Honour (9-0) by 1l, 25 ran.
King Of Eden (IRE) 9-2fav (9-11) Mid-division stand side, ridden and stayed on from over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Gandalak (9-3) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Glen Moss (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on but no impression on winner, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Grey Mirage (8-8) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Verse Of Love 3-1 (9-3) Chased leader 3f, close 3rd until over 3f out and soon outpaced, rallied over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, last of 6, 1 3/4l behind Mia's Boy (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Redvers (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Raced far side, in touch, pushed along halfway, headway over 2f out, went 4th in group inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 26, 1 3/4l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Fast Finian (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Made all, ridden 2f out, kept on well, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr beating Khubala (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Piscean (USA) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, never involved, 10th of 13, 10l behind George Guru (8-10) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.