No favourite has won this in the past ten years and the shortest priced winner was 7/1. Mark Johnston has won it three times in that period and relies on the tough Fennell Bay, who is just 3lb higher than when scoring at Thirsk last month and ran well at the meeting a year ago, and Reset City, whose two victories to date have come in lower grade handicaps. Fast Or Free is likely to start market leader despite an absence since landing the Brittannia Handicap at Royal Ascot last year. He won first time out last season and is probably pattern race class though he's up 9lb and this is a very tough race to make a return. Hi There has been racing as though this sort of trip was needed and is just 6lb higher than when scoring at Musselburgh in March so has to go on the short-list along with Nabucco, who showed his quality with a smooth victory in this grade at Newmarket last month, and Blue Surf, though the latter could do with more rain. WHISPERING WARRIOR has more to find but looks capable of doing so despite an 8lb rise for his victory at Newcastle. He's now won five of his last six and a mark of 93 could be underestimating him.
Labarinto 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 15, 11l behind Forgotten Voice (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Nabucco 9-4fav (9-5) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun beating Strictly Silver (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, effort 3f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 5l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Blue Surf 14-1 (9-3) Chased leadedrs on inside, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, plugged on again inside final furlong, no threat, 7th of 16, 8l behind Opinion (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Fast Or Free 6-1fav (8-10) Raced far side, chased leaders, led inside final 2f, clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Jun '12 beating Mister Music (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 29 ran.
Vasily 4-1 (10-1) Led, quickened over 4f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Sennockian Star (9-4) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Expert Fighter (USA) 14-1 (9-0) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 19, 6l behind Danchai (8-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf.
Clon Brulee (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Danchai (8-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf.
Whispering Warrior (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, steady headway on outside over 2f out, challenged 1f out, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, driven out, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun beating Spirit Of The Law (9-0) by 2l, 10 ran.
Tepmokea (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Led early, tracked leader, led over 2f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 17, 3/4l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf.
Viewpoint (IRE) 5-2 (10-0) Chased leaders, under pressure over 3f out, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Sennockian Star (9-4) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Angel Gabrial (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Awkwardly away, soon mid-division, outpaced 3f out, ridden and kept on under pressure from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 19, 4l behind Danchai (8-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf.
Fennell Bay (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Vasily (9-8) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Hi There (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Held up, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 6l behind Sennockian Star (8-11) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Heddwyn (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leaders over 4f, weakened quickly, 20th of 22, well behind Captain Bertie (8-7) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) sft in Apr '12.
Spirit Of The Law (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, headway over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, kept on until headed final 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Whispering Warrior (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Calaf 18-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, prominent, ridden to lead 3f out, headed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 7l behind Warlu Way (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Reset City 10-11fav (9-5) Steadied start, held up in 3rd, went 2nd 10f out, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken final 110 yards, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Beacon Lady (7-13) at Brighton 1m 4f flls hcp 0-80 (4) fm.