It would be easy to side with Eager To Bow given the paucity of worthwhile recent form from amongst the opposition but it wouldn't entirely surprise if there happened to be a turn-up. GRAND VIZIER is the one that we're going to take the likely favourite on with as he shaped well on his return from a short break, represents a yard in form, is well treated and has form with cut in the ground. The headgear may transform Whisper Wind, it's interesting to see John Fahy aboard Giulietta Da Vinci and Joe Fanning on Ymir but that trio have enough to prove and Hulcote Rose and Daddy's Gift have stronger claims on more recent evidence but not as strong as Eager To Bow who has posted a string of creditable performances and remains feasibly handicapped.
Eager To Bow (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Dwelt, held up in rear, switched to race stands side halfway, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, led that group inside final furlong, no chance with winner on far side, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Lady Florence (9-9) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Grand Vizier (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner briefly over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Cool Kitten (8-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Daddy's Gift (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) With leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Basle (8-4) at Leicester 6f clm stks (5) sft.
Hulcote Rose (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Sharedah (9-2) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Whisper Wind 40-1 (8-11) Raced centre, in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 27l behind Kalk Bay (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Giulietta Da Vinci 12-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 16l behind Master Mylo (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jul.
Leelu 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Kiss A Prince (9-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ymir 22-1 (8-9) In touch in 5th, driven along 3f out, weakened just inside final 2f, 10th of 14, 11l behind Lady Florence (9-2) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Zazous 50-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 13, 12l behind King Canute (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Louie's Lad 40-1 (8-6) Raced wide and always towards rear, 10th of 11, 15l behind Foxtrot Alpha (8-11) at Salisbury 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.