Bottom weight SIR ROYAL is the selection for this prestigious affair, and the main dangers are regarded as recent winner Golden Penny and Kiwi Bay. Despite not winning in his last 12 starts, Kiwi Bay is still racing off a mark 5lbs higher than his last winning rating. He is thoroughly consistent however, as he showed with a sound second in a decent handicap recently. His yard is enduring a quiet spell however, and he may have to wait a little longer before resuming winning ways. Golden Penny won well at Newcastle recently and is running into form. The second has since run well in defeat and he looks sure to go well. Alan Swinbank regarded Sir Royal as one of his best prospects at the start of the campaign, and he will have been disappointed that he is still to lose his maiden tag. He has run some solid races however, and looks fairly treated here. The strong pace and stiff finish looks sure to suit him, and Sir Royal can take this en route to better things.
Kiwi Bay 15-8fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Stellite (8-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Stevie Gee (IRE) 9-2fav (9-7) Prominent for 4f, 9th of 12, 12l behind Red Cape (9-0) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Wind Shuffle (GER) 9-4fav (8-11) Raced keenly and soon led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong to chase winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Arctic Cape (8-11) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Commando Scott (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) In touch, reminders 3f out, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 13l behind Oceana Blue (8-9) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Moheebb (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, not much room and switched right over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 3rd of 19, 5l behind Prince Evelith (8-11) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Major Magpie (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Always rear division, 9th of 13, 9l behind Wovoka (9-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Keys of Cyprus 10-1 (8-7) Behind until ridden and kept on final 2f, never troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 6l behind Celtic Sultan (8-13) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Observatory Star (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, effort and every chance over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Dream Lodge (9-9) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Paraguay (USA) 9-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, staying on, not much room inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Alsace Lorraine (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Bustan (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, losing place when not much room on rail over 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Cosmea (9-7) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Collateral Damage (IRE) 6-1fav (9-8) Held up behind leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 19, 13l behind Prince Evelith (8-11) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Towards rear, never dangerous, 11th of 12, 13l behind Oceana Blue (8-9) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Golden Penny 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead near finish, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May beating Bravely (9-4) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Bold Marc (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Desert Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Celtic Step 33-1 (9-6) Soon led, was ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 19, 14l behind Prince Evelith (8-11) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Motafarred (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inside, driven and outpaced over 3f out, one pace final 2f, no impression, 7th of 11, 13l behind Rose Street (9-10) at Ripon 1m 2f hcap (3) gs in Aug.
Sir Royal (USA) 5-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Aussie Blue (8-2) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd.