Off a 7lb higher mark, Ingleby Spirit has more to do than when successful on his reappearance at Pontefract. Sirvino is hard to win with nowadays but there are possibilities about the lightly-raced Taqleed, who won at Nottingham and Newmarket last year before finishing a creditable sixth in the Cambridgeshire. John Gosden also saddles the first-time blinkered Beachfire, who has won four of his five starts and may be capable of further improvement this year. Frankie Dettori's mount Sand Skier, second at Deauville last month, looks the pick of Mark Johnston's two runners and C&D winner Resurge wouldn't be far away on his best form. But let's take a chance on Andrew Balding's OPERA GAL, who proved herself a tough and dependable filly last season and has plenty in her favour on her reappearance.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leader far side group, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 18th of 21, 20l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd.
Sirvino 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort 2f out to 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 22, 12l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Beachfire 9-1 (8-9) Started slowly, soon pushed along in rear, headway on wide outside over 2f out, edging right but stayed on to chase leaders over 1f out, driven and sustained run to lead final strides, won at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jul beating Right Step (7-11) by hd, 15 ran.
Spanish Duke (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Dwelt took keen hold in touch, ridden and weakened 2f out, 12th of 16, 17l behind Lost In The Moment (8-13) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Oct.
Taqleed (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leader far side, ridden 2f out, led overall over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 35, 3 1/2l behind Credit Swap (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Resurge (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Lost In The Moment (8-13) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Oct.
Shavansky 50-1 (8-9) Mid-division on inside, ridden and effort over 2f out, one pace approaching final furlong, 9th of 22, 8l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Ingleby Spirit 9-1 (8-6) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on strongly final furlong, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Changing The Guard (8-4) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Opera Gal (IRE) 13-2 (8-4) Pulled hard, soon led, headed after 2f, led again 7f out, edged right entering final furlong, soon strongly challenged, just held on, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Sep beating Fox Hunt (8-10) by shd, 12 ran.
King Olav (UAE) 7-2 (9-7) Led, headed 8f out, joined leader 4f out, every chance when hampered over 2f out, rallied to chase winner inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Beaubrav (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Sand Skier (8-9) 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Satwa Pearl (8-5) at Deauville(FR) 1m 1f cnd stks (4yo+) fbs in Mar.
Georgebernardshaw (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Soon led and edged left, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Lowther (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Gaily Noble (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 16l behind Cosmic Sun (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Ramona Chase 66-1 (8-6) Keen held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 15, 5l behind Cosmic Sun (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.