Surprisingly for such an open contest, plenty of fancied horses have won this in the last 10 years so it could pay to stick with those at the head of the betting. BILIMBI will be one of that group as he ran out an easy winner at Musselburgh on his return to action with Almargo well beaten. He goes on any ground and Ryan Moore can successfully take over the reins today. What About Carlo dotted up in soft ground at Sandown last month with First Flight behind while Paul Hanagan has plumbed for Newbury runner-up Zarwaan over Mawfoor. Red Stargazer just got the better of Chatez over track and trip a fortnight ago and Hors De Combat finished just ahead of Born In Bombay with Lyn Valley third in a tough Newmarket handicap at the start of the month.
Red Stargazer (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, pushed along 4f out, headway over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Chatez (9-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Hors De Combat 7-1 (9-1) Raced centre keen early close up in last place, headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf beating Born In Bombay (8-8) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Lyn Valley 9-1 (9-3) Raced centre led this group over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Hors De Combat (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Zarwaan 12-1 (9-4) Held up, came stand side and in touch 5f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Muwaary (8-8) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Apr.
Mawfoor (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, pushed along and hung right over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 6th of 10, 3l behind Brazos (9-7) at Ascot 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd.
What About Carlo (FR) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong comfortably, won at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Apr beating End of Line (9-6) by 4l, 8 ran.
Pupil 33-1 (9-0) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, stumbled over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 15l behind Barley Mow (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo lst stk (1) gf.
Chatez (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Red Stargazer (9-4) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
First Flight (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 5l behind What About Carlo (9-2) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Apr.
Hot Coffee (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Legend Rising (9-3) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Bilimbi (IRE) 7-1 (8-0) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp (2) gf in Apr beating Extra Noble (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Riverboat Springs (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, lost place over 2f out, no impression after, stayed on final 100 yards, 5th of 8, 6l behind Red Stargazer (9-4) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Braidley (IRE) 10-3fav (9-7) Pushed along behind, headway over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Latenightrequest (8-2) at Ayr 1m 2yo hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Born In Bombay 7-2 (8-8) Raced centre keen tracked leaders, headway over 2f out, led centre group over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Hors De Combat (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Grevillea (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 20l behind Zerfaal (9-2) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Shot In The Sun (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 18, 1 1/2l behind That Is The Spirit (9-7) at York 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Almargo (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Led and raced keenly, headed well over 1f out, chased leader until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Legend Rising (9-3) at Chester 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft.