Trainer Silvester Kirk won this race last season and has a good chance take it this year with EIGHTDAYSAWEEK who is our selection for this decent handicap but only just ahead of winning debutant Aboukir and Sherman McCoy. The selection ran well off this mark to find just one to good last time against similar opposition at Southwell. That was following a win over the same course and distance under a burden four pounds lighter and while it's not form to get too excited about it might just be enough this time. Aboukir seems to have been harshly treated for a close success on debut in a weak Southwell maiden but it is interesting that trainer Paul Cole has book Frankie Dettori for the ride so it looks as if a big run is expected. Sherman McCoy has been fairly treated in two starts in handicap company so far and the same can be said this time. A couple of placings in similar events on fast ground point to the fact he should win a race soon but he might need that mark to ease first. Arrogance finally looks weighted to be competitive after struggling under higher burdens but we marginally make preference for Eightdaysaweek.
Aboukir 10-3 (9-3) In touch and led over 5f, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on gamely final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Nov beating Petsas Pleasure (9-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Flannel (IRE) 66-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind Featherweight (8-8) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) gf.
Abulharith 6-1 (9-0) Prominent, driven along 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 15, 14l behind Chiberta King (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Theologist (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Global (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Peter Grimes (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) In touch, driven along and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 6l behind Simon Gray (9-4) at Newbury 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Sherman McCoy 15-2 (8-10) Always prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, chased winner after until one pace under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Non Dom (8-8) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Cayman Sky 9-1 (8-12) Led, pushed along 4f out, headed 2f out and soon weakened, 6th of 10, 15l behind Non Dom (8-8) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Spinning Waters 12-1 (9-2) Held up, came wide entering straight, hung left well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 6l behind Admirable Duque (9-4) at Warwick 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Harlestone Snake 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, chased leader after 1f, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 14, 10l behind Devil To Pay (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Arrogance 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final 2f, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Devil To Pay (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Cool Strike (UAE) 16-1 (8-12) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, under pressure over 3f out, soon no chance, 10th of 14, 16l behind Tinshu (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2f flls hcp (5) gf.
Eightdaysaweek 9-2fav (9-1) In touch, kept on final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Lucky Punt (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Kidson (USA) 40-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, 10th of 14, 26l behind Ever Loved (8-12) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Sep.