Absinthe returns to action 9lb higher than his last win, while Point North is upped in class and trip after scoring over a mile here three weeks ago. Franco Is My Name and Sweet Origin cannot be easily dismissed dropping down in grade and the lightly-raced Heddwyn could figure on his return, but the vote in a competitive contest goes to CONSTANT CONTACT. Andrew Balding's frontrunner made an encouraging comeback when second at Goodwood last month having been off the track since July and, if allowed an easy lead here, Jimmy Fortune may just catch his main rivals off-guard.
Absinthe (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division far side, driven to chase leaders 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 13th of 35, 7l behind Credit Swap (8-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Resentful Angel 10-1 (8-13) Held up in last trio, ridden over 4f out, weakened and hung right final 2f, 7th of 8, 13l behind Gertrude Bell (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Apr.
King Olav (UAE) 50-1 (9-2) Head up towards rear, headway on outside halfway, weakened inside final 3f, 12th of 13, well behind Spanish Duke (9-6) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Franco Is My Name 20-1 (9-0) Settled in rear, headway over 2f out, soon hung left and beaten, 6th of 13, 9l behind Nideeb (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.
Constant Contact 4-1 (10-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, kept on well for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Jehanbux (8-11) at Goodwood 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Sweet Origin 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 33l behind Times Up (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Fremont (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Raced in 7th on outside, headway to get in behind leaders 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 10th of 15, 10l behind Wannabe King (9-1) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Tinshu (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Benandonner (9-1) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Fastnet Storm (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, effort over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 10th of 11, 33l behind Final Drive (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Heddwyn (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway well over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Green Destiny (8-8) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Point North (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, switched left over 2f out, smooth headway soon after, quickened to lead entering final furlong, soon clear, eased close home, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in May beating Tartan Trip (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Thin Red Line (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Keen mid-division, headway to track leaders 7f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 7l behind Jutland (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Kidlat 16-1 (8-9) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Jutland (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Sing Sweetly 3-1fav (9-7) Soon tracking leaders, pushed along and bumped rival 4f out, soon lost place, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 35l behind Captivator (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf in Apr.