Hawkeyethenoo loves these big-field handicaps and won this last year from a 7lb lower mark. The ground was fast that day but good when he finished fourth behind Pastoral Player here in October and, with a 7lb pull, there should be little between that pair here. Imperial Guest is a specialist at this trip and almost always runs well here though he was behind Pastoral Player in October. George Margarson also runs Excellent Guest who was well beaten a year ago but was a cracking runner-up to Manassas on soft ground in the Buckinghan Palace Stakes at the Royal Meeting before occupying the same spot behind today's rival Brae Hill at Newmarket. The latter reappeared to land the Lincoln but is now on his highest ever mark. LIGHTNING CLOUD made tremendous progress last season and scored over the C&D in July. He can improve again this campaign and, as he won't mind the going, is taken to make a winning reappearance. Tariq Too is another who made great strides last year and reappeared with a very convincing victory on soft ground at Thirsk. Global Village is an all-weather specialist but showed that soft ground holds no fears with a fine run over a mile at Newbury last time and this is his best trip.
Pastoral Player 17-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, switched to race stands side, held up behind, headway when groups merged 2f out, edged right and challenged over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Oct beating Smarty Socks (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Switched to race stands side, tracked leaders, driven when groups merged 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Brae Hill (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Close up, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, just held on, won at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar beating Mull Of Killough (9-2) by shd, 22 ran.
Rodrigo De Torres 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led on bit approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Justonefortheroad (9-0) at Thirsk 7f stks (3) sft in Apr.
King Of Jazz (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Behind, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 22, 2l behind Colonel Mak (9-0) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Mabait 25-1 (8-11) 10th of 14, 18l behind Sooraah (8-13) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
Bonnie Brae 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Nov beating Docofthebay (8-10) by 1l, 21 ran.
Imperial Guest 25-1 (9-6) Raced far side, held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 29, 2 1/2l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-6) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) gd in Oct.
Nasri 6-1 (9-5) Raced on outside, held up in touch, pushed along before halfway, driven and chased leaders in that group 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased,never any chance, 14th of 17, 33l behind Seal Rock (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Apr.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, good headway to led over 1f out, soon hung badly left, just held on, won at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep beating Louis The Pious (8-11) by hd, 12 ran.
Advanced 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 8th of 16, 12l behind Farhh (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Kakatosi 9-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind The Rectifier (9-2) at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Jan.
Excellent Guest 8-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, effort over 2f out, faded approaching final furlong, 13th of 23, 6l behind Bronze Prince (8-6) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Jul.
White Frost (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Led stands side group until over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 8th of 29, 2 3/4l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-6) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) gd in Oct.
Tariq Too 17-2 (9-2) In rear, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden out, won at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Apr beating Kiwi Bay (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Fathsta (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Behind far side, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 13th of 24, 6l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
New Leyf (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Towards rear, headway entering final 2f, ridden to lead towards finish, headed post, 2nd of 12, shd behind Shropshire (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Mar.
Global Village (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, not quite going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 22, 1 3/4l behind Captain Bertie (8-7) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Apr.
Pravda Street 12-1 (9-4) In touch, stumbled over 5f out, never a factor after, 7th of 14, 7l behind Tariq Too (9-2) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Apr.
Cool Marble (IRE) (9-5) 8th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Blazon (8-13) at Compiegne(FR) 1m stk gs in Mar.
Benandonner (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, riddden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Great Shot (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Fantasy Gladiator 12-1 (8-6) Mid-division on outside, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Nazreef (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Held up in last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Mia's Boy (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Space Station 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 13l behind Mawaakef (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy.