KINGS TROOP and Jimmy McCarthy won this novelty race in 2010 and finished third in last year's renewal off a much higher mark. He gets the token vote to reverse running on much better terms with last year's winner Shesha Bear and win it again. Course specialist and 2009 winner Epsom Salts finished fourth last term but is 9lb higher this time around having scored over C&D in July. Novirak went close over track and trip last time when finding only Enery too good but the winning runs of Standpoint and Lieutenant Kojak came to an end on their latest starts at York and Ascot respectively.
Lieutenant Kojak 10-1 (8-13) Towards rear, not clear run 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 13, 2l behind Ahzeemah (8-9) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Standpoint 8-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to 4th inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 4th of 16, 8l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Sula Two 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, switched right over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Hanoverian Baron (9-12) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
St Ignatius 9-1 (8-13) Keen, led, joined 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 10l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Epsom Salts 8-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5f out, never a factor, 9th of 10, 31l behind No Heretic (11-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
The Bells O Peover 6-1 (11-2) In touch, effort on inside over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 21l behind No Heretic (11-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Novirak (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and switched right 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Enery (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Iron Condor 14-1 (11-1) Slolwly away in rear, ridden 3f out, headway entering final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 10, 11l behind No Heretic (11-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Compton Blue 11-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, no impression over 2f out, 9th of 12, 5l behind Mountrath (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Shesha Bear 10-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, well held over 1f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Saytara (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Higgy's Ragazzo (FR) 33-1 (9-8) Held up in last pair, outpaced 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 28l behind New Youmzain (8-9) at Chester 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Spartan Spirit (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Pulled hard, held up in touch, driven and carried high over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Hanoverian Baron (9-12) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Kings Troop 10-1 (10-3) Close up, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on for clear 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind No Heretic (11-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Holden Eagle 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to slight lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Laser Blazer (8-13) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jul.