Proud Times carries a penalty for last week's success over 1m6f at Southwell but Star Alliance can race off the same mark as when third over track and trip last month. HOONOSE failed to land a hat-trick in a higher grade handicap at Lingfield last time but Ryan Moore's presence suggests a big run is expected back at this level. He's preferred to Steely as the latter steps up in trip but the dark horse is lightly-raced five-year-old Gunboat, fourth at Thirsk on his first start for Ed Dunlop and likely to improve.
Proud Times (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in 6th, smooth headway to 3rd 4f out, led on bit over 2f out, soon well in control, hard held, won at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs beating Soweto Star (8-11) by 4l, 8 ran.
Star Alliance (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, switched left and stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Barachiel (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Steely 7-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, led, reminders 5f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, carried head high and no chance with winner over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Beacon Lady (8-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Hoonose 6-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place over 4f out, pushed along over 3f out, in rear over 2f out, 5th of 6, 18l behind Bold Adventure (9-1) at Lingfield 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Between The Lines (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 25l behind Mexicali (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Layla's King 25-1 (9-6) Raced wide ridden 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 14l behind Mrs Warren (8-12) at Catterick 7f Classified Stakes (0-65) (3yo+) (6) gf.
The Yank 7-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders early, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Attraction Ticket (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Midnight Sequel 6-1 (9-1) Chased leading trio, pushed along 4f out, effort on outside 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Highlife Dancer (9-7) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Kristallo (GER) 25-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind Tijori (8-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Gladstone (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 20l behind Josie's Dream (9-13) at Warwick 1m 5f am hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Crystal High 13-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 31l behind Mac Tiernan (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jun.
Gunboat (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Medieval Bishop (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Bollywood (IRE) 50-1 (7-13) Chased leaders, lost place over 6f out, eased 2f out, 12th of 13, well behind Hector's Chance (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
If What And Maybe 50-1 (7-13) Raced wide chasing leaders, lost place 10f out, soon struggling towards rear, behind final 4f, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Barachiel (9-3) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.