Luca Cumani trained the winner of this in 2008 and his INFINITE HOPE looks to have every chance here. She had a subsequent winner behind when a close-up third at Doncaster earlier this month and a first-time hood should sharpen her up. Devine Guest has been running well in handicaps without success and looks next best ahead of the returning Opera Box, not beaten that far at Haydock last May. Multilateral is another having his first start of the season but recent Goodwood fifth Miss Dashwood is expected to finish closer today.
Wood Meister Needwood Blade gelding out of Ever So Lonely.
Opera Box 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 6l behind Antarctic (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in May '11.
Icebreaker Two Iceman colt out of Mintlaw.
Multilateral (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon ridden along and along and recovered to chase leaders, weakened 2f out, 7th of 12, 13l behind Trois Vallees (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Ahuqd (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Awkward leaving stalls, towards rear, pushed along 8f out, driven in modest 6th 4f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 15l behind Zenaat (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
Devine Guest (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, held up in 6th, switched right and headway on outside 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, and every chance until weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Rose Season (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Infinite Hope (USA) 9-4fav (8-10) Raced keenly, in touch, challenged over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Prince Of Orange (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf.
Miss Dashwood 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 10l behind Valiant Girl (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 1f 3yo fll stks (5) gd in Jun.
Symfony (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Always behind, 10th of 13, 31l behind Khione (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn fll stks (5) gs in Jun.