Saborido is 7lb higher than when winning this last year and the likely soft ground may not be in his favour either. Gilded Age has spent more time hurdling than on the Flat so may there could be more to come from him after scoring on the level at Newbury last time but Salontyre hasn't won on the Flat since 2010 and has gone up 4lb for finishing second over C&D last month. TAIKOO makes more appeal given he won over today's trip on soft ground at Ayr last season and a recent second at Southwell suggests Hughie Morrison's charge is capable of winning off today's mark.
Taikoo 9-2 (8-13) Led, soon clear, ridden over 2f out, soon pressed, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 7l behind Lifetime (7-7) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
My Arch 8-1 (8-9) Soon tracking leaders, went 2nd 13f out until 5f out, outpaced and no impression over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 10l behind Gulf of Naples (9-3) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Apr.
Saborido (USA) 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, stayed on in closing stages, never involved, 7th of 13, 16l behind Stand To Reason (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Held up, weakened 3f out, 8th of 11, 33l behind Gilded Age (8-10) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Gilded Age 25-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden and pressed from over 3f out, stayed on gtamely, won at Newbury 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr beating First Avenue (9-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Salontyre (GER) 10-3 (9-11) Tracked leaders, went 3rd over 3f out, led on inside well over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Ministerofinterior (9-1) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.
Captain Sharpe 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Broughtons Bandit (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.