Irish raider All Ablaze will need to break quickly from a high draw if he's to take up his usual prominent position and confirm last season's running at Dundalk with compatriot Almanack. Normal Equilibrium is proving hard to win with but had New Fforest, Jillnextdoor and Equitania behind when fourth at Sandown last time. Recent Kempton winner Storm Moon is upped a couple of grades under a penalty but Bispham Green should go well from the bottom of the handicap. However, at the other end of the weights, COSMIC CHATTER is expected to go close having beaten the odds-on Liber in impressive fashion at Musselburgh last season. David Barron's charge is taken to make a winning return in this.
Cosmic Chatter 11-4 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Hoyam (8-9) at York 5f Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in Aug.
Storm Moon (USA) 11-10fav (9-7) Chased leaders, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Hot Secret (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Jillnextdoor (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 13, 5l behind Riskit Fora Biskit (8-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Almanack 8-1 (9-2) Prominent, disputed lead halfway, ridden and headed 2f out, rallied and stayed on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind All Ablaze (8-4) at Dundalk 5f 2yo hcp pol in Sep.
Dutch Masterpiece 7-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Shahdaroba (8-10) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Equitania 12-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along halfway, weakened inside final 2f, 11th of 13, 8l behind Riskit Fora Biskit (8-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Satsuma 12-1 (8-9) Close up, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 13l behind Polski Max (9-0) at Hamilton 5f con stks (3) sft.
Lyric Ace (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Teophilip (9-1) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Mar.
Normal Equilibrium 8-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders halfway, not clear run over 1f out, until switched right entering final furlong, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Riskit Fora Biskit (8-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
New Fforest 7-1 (8-8) Raced on rail, with winner until inside final 2f, soon ridden, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 6l behind Riskit Fora Biskit (8-3) at Sandown 5f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
All Ablaze 6-1 (8-5) Made all, ridden 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Mar beating Almadaa (9-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bispham Green 11-4 (8-5) Disputed lead until led over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 8, hd behind Mayfield Girl (8-9) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.