King Of Connacht is easily dismissed and Diddums has plenty to prove over this longer trip, but the remaining trio are closely matched. Kempton winner Halyard may be at a disadvantage as he hasn't raced since last September so DUNEEN DREAM is just preferred. He ran out a ready winner over C&D last month and, though 7lb higher today, Nikki Evans charge is fancied to confirm running with runner-up Timocracy. The latter has since franked the form with victory at Brighton but does most of his winning in plating company and looks likely to find his old rival too good again here.
Halyard (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 13l behind Iron Condor (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Timocracy 6-5fav (9-5) Led and set steady pace, quickened tempo 3f out, joined 2f out, strongly pressed and kept slight lead until headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Miss Bounty (8-4) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Duneen Dream (USA) 5-2fav (8-10) Made most, ridden clear entering final furlong, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Apr beating Timocracy (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Diddums 16-1 (8-3) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, chased winner final 150 yards, no impression, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind George Baker (8-9) at Salisbury 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
King of Connacht 50-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 13th of 17, 12l behind Lytham (9-3) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (6) gd.