Cono Zur bids for a hat-trick after making all at Haydock last time and should go close again but Oratory was ending a long losing run when scoring at Carlisle last time and doesn't look a likely type to follow up. It was only a seller that Violent Velocity won at Beverley in April and this is tougher while Spavento is also facing tougher opposition than when winning at Hamilton recently. DARING DREAM scored off a higher mark at Newcastle at this time last year and has won the last two renewals of this contest. Jim Goldie's charge looks to have an excellent chance of making it a hat-trick of victories today and gets the nod.
Oratory (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Pulled hard in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon hard ridden, kept on well under pressure, won at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Lindoro (8-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cono Zur (FR) 9-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Haydock 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fm in May beating Musnad (8-9) by 3l, 11 ran.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 9-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, kept on well, driven out, won at Beverley 1m sell stks (6) gs in Apr beating Woteva (8-8) by 1l, 12 ran.
Save The Bees 11-4fav (9-6) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Pitkin (8-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Daring Dream (GER) 8-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, hung badly left from over 4f out, allowed to drift to far side and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Fieldgunner Kirkup (8-13) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Woolston Ferry (8-11) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Copperwood (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Jake The Snake (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Dwelt in rear, headway in centre 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Goodwood 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Mata Hari Blue (9-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Spavento (IRE) 4-1fav (9-9) Held up in rear, pushed along 4f out, headway over 1f out, kepton to lead close home, won at Hamilton 1m fll hcp (5) gf beating Silly Gilly (9-4) by nk, 9 ran.
North Central (USA) 40-1 (8-6) Held up, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 6l behind Julius Geezer (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.