DAIRAM's string of seconds is off-putting but this looks his easiest task so far. He came up against a Sir Michael Stoute-trained hotpot over 7f here last month but can go one better in this company. Correggio passed the post first at Catterick in May before disqualification but has come up short in a couple of starts over today's longer trip since then and the less exposed Echo Of Lightning makes more appeal. Prokeel will need to improve on last year's form to figure while the newcomer Brother Duke is related to a couple of 7f winners.
Brother Duke Bachelor Duke gelding out of Kathy's Rocket.
Correggio 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 13l behind Sublimation (9-5) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Dairam (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed narrowly approaching final furlong, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Anna's Pearl (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Echo Of Lightning 6-1 (9-3) Started slowly, headway and green over 1f out, staying on when badly bumped final 100 yards, went 3rd final strides, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Size (9-11) at Musselburgh 7f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Prokeel (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 5l behind Cinderslipper (8-12) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Nov.
Ella Motiva (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 24l behind Tajheez (9-7) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.