Machinist won this for David Nicholls in 2007 so it's no surprise to see a major challenge from the UK. Yorkshire-based David Barron is double handed with the prolific Flipando, a recent winner over the trip at Epsom, and HITCHENS, and the latter gets the vote in a wide-open contest. Not seen since October, the five-year-old made a winning return to action at Thirsk last season where he beat Knot In Wood and is only 1lb higher than when a close third to Kaldoun Kingdom in the Coral Sprint at York. Novellen Lad was an easy winner at Haydock on his reappearance but has something to find with the selection on their run on the Lancashire track in September. The three-year-old Air Chief Marshall has his first ever run in a handicap though will need to produce something special off this mark against very speedy opposition. Lough Mist and Jembatt have been in superb form though the handicapper may just have caught up with them, a remark that could also apply to Kieren Fallon's mount Hawkeyethenoo as the Scottish-trained sprinter is 4lbs higher than when just failing to catch Bertoliver over the minimum trip at Epsom.
Duff (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead briefly 1 1/2f out, headed just inside final furlong, soon no extra, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Recharge (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks gd.
Arganil (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Behind and soon outpaced, ridden over 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 7, 4l behind Fol Hollow (8-12) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May.
Hitchens (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 4l behind Servoca (8-6) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Air Chief Marshal (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, kept on same pace under pressure from over 2f out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Kitty Kiernan (8-11) at Naas 7f stks gf.
Flipando (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf beating Fol Hollow (9-3) by nk, 16 ran.
Calm Bay (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Good speed throughout, disputed lead, led after halfway, 2 lengths advantage 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong and headed closing strides, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Collingwood (8-4) at Navan 6f hcap gf.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Held up mid-division, headway to lead approaching final furlong, soon drew clear, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May beating Indian Skipper (8-9) by 3l, 13 ran.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 5-1fav (8-11) Behind on rail, still only 11th or 12th and plenty to do just over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished fast to close on winner near finish, post came too soon, 2nd of 19, nk behind Bertoliver (8-6) at Epsom Downs 5f hcap (2) gf.
Hotham 18-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at York 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd beating Favourite Girl (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Invincible Ash (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden in close 6th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, disputed lead briefly under 1f out, headed and kept on close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Queen Of Troy (8-7) at Cork 6f stks gf.
Copper Dock (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, driven along from 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Collingwood (8-4) at Navan 6f hcap gf.
Jembatt (IRE) 7-4 (9-2) Led, joined halfway, ridden in narrow lead 1 1/2f out, headed final 100 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 3, 1l behind Emperor Claudius (8-9) at Naas 7f 3yo stk gf.
Mountain Coral (IRE) 13-2 (9-9) Mid-division best, 9th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 11, 11l behind Cosmic Breeze (7-11) at Navan 5f hcp 60-100 gf in May.
Oldjoesaid 9-1 (9-2) Behind, switched sharply left to wide outside inside final 2f, ran on inside final furlong, no danger, 10th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Bertoliver (8-6) at Epsom Downs 5f hcap (2) gf.
Ishiadancer 8-1 (9-2) Led 2f, chased leader, ridden over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Beyond Desire (8-7) at Haydock 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in May.
Three Way Stretch (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 13, 10l behind Zorija Rose (9-2) at Curragh 6f ext hcp sft in Mar.
Royal Intruder 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 17l behind Five Star Junior (9-7) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Tornadodancer (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, 8th entering straight, close up in 6th over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Copper Dock (9-2) at Dundalk 6f Ext hcp pol in Nov.
Lough Mist (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) Broke well and led or disputed lead, headed after halfway, no impression under pressure 1f out, rallied gamely inside final furlong to lead briefly closing strides, headed on line, 2nd of 11, shd behind Collingwood (8-4) at Navan 6f hcap gf.
Cape Vale (IRE) 11-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, 15th of 16, 18l behind Anam Chara (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp 60-90 gf.
Douze Points (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Mid-division on outer, raced wide entering straight, no extra from 2f out, 13th of 16, 15l behind Anam Chara (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp 60-90 gf.
Toufan Express 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, progress halfway, 6th under pressure 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 5l behind Anam Chara (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp 60-90 gf.
Brushed Aside 5-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on stand side, headway into 5th over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3l behind Bewitched (9-1) at Naas 6f 3yo ext hcp gd in May.
Miss Velocity 25-1 (8-11) Broke well, soon outpaced and in rear, effort halfway, never a factor, 7th of 9, 5l behind Tropical Treat (8-11) at Ayr 5f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Arcadian Dream (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, headway in 5th 2f out, close 6th 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong and led last 50 yards, won at Curragh 6f mdn stks gf beating Nidian (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Partner (IRE) 4-1fav (8-8) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 4th 1f out, kept on well final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Cosmic Breeze (7-11) at Navan 5f hcp 60-100 gf in May.
Cosmic Breeze (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon recovered and prominent on outer to halfway, no extra and weakened from 2f out, 10th of 11, 18l behind Collingwood (8-4) at Navan 6f hcap gf.
Full Title (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Led early, headed before halfway, 5th entering straight, ridden to lead under 2f out, soon clear, kept on well final furlong, won at Cork 7f hcp 50-80 gf beating Dawn Eclipse (9-6) by 1l, 14 ran.