Resurge won this in 2011 and was beaten over three lengths off a slightly higher mark in last year's renewal. Tres Coronas is up 6lb for his latest win at Chester and Pilgrims Rest is upped in class having finished second at Goodwood last time. Niceofyoutotellme is also facing a stiffer task on the back of a win at Kempton and Boonga Roogeta is 8lb higher than when landing a hat-trick earlier this month and has been well beaten in pattern company since. With doubts surrounding most of these, AREA FIFTY ONE could prove the safest option as he landed a more competitive handicap over course and distance in April and can come out best again despite a 4lb higher mark. Blue Surf and Circumvent have a shout if at their best on their seasonal debuts.
Fattsota 11-1 (8-12) Led after 1f until 3f out, chased winner until 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 9, 13l behind Universal (8-11) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Area Fifty One 8-1 (9-6) Soon led, pressed from 8f out, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Blue Surf 11-1 (8-7) Held up mid-division, ridden and no headway over 1f out, 11th of 23, 11l behind Art Scholar (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Circumvent (8-12) 98th of 15, 10l behind Silver Pond (8-12) at Deauville(FR) 1m 1f 3yo Listed stks (1) fbs in Dec.
Boonga Roogeta 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 29l behind Noble Mission (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gs.
Resurge (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway 3f out, travelling well when switched right 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Borug (8-10) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Vasily 20-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, still every chance when badly hampered inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Area Fifty One (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Tres Coronas (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead and edged right inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs beating Haylaman (9-1) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Beaufort Twelve 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 38l behind Saytara (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.
Halfsin (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Prominent, short of room after 2f, tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 35l behind Sir John Hawkwood (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Pilgrims Rest (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Led, hard driven when strongly challenged from over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Bancnuanaheireann (10-0) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Niceofyoutotellme 7-2fav (8-13) Held up in rear, headway when not much room and switched left over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead last strides, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Apr beating Icebuster (8-8) by hd, 10 ran.
Licence To Till (USA) 8-1 (8-10) Led, headed 7f out, prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 8l behind Boonga Roogeta (8-5) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf.