Only 3lb separates the field in a tough race to call. EMPEROR JULIUS gets the tentative vote with a recent maiden win over track and trip under his belt but there's plenty with claims among those returning to action. Not least Leitrim Pass, a winner at Musselburgh in October and Shy Bride, who got off the mark at Lingfield late last year. Harry Bosch, Summer Dream and Swift Cedar have yet to score but look capable of doing so this year while Salisbury winner Trapeze is yet another to consider on her seasonal debut.
Cardmaster (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Chased leaders on rail, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, no chance after, 5th of 7, 12l behind Sejalaat (8-8) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Emperor Julius (IRE) 1-3fav (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb beating Back On The Trail (8-11) by 3l, 5 ran.
Great Demeanor (USA) 3-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Red Dragon (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Harry Bosch 16-1 (9-3) Set steady pace until quickened over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 6l behind Greatwood (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Kabbaas (IRE) 4-6fav (9-7) Slowly away, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led narrowly well over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 4, nk behind Mixed Message (8-13) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Kamchatka 5-1fav (9-1) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, 11th of 14, 18l behind Delores Rocket (8-8) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Leitrim Pass (USA) 10-11fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, led on bit over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct beating Dolphin Village (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Millers Wharf (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Rivellino (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Secret Beau 20-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 15l behind Code Of Honor (9-7) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Shy Bride (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Led for 1f, chased leader until 1f out, rallied under pressure to lead again final 150 yards, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov beating Iridescence (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Summer Dream 14-1 (9-1) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Empiricist (9-2) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Swift Cedar (IRE) 6-5fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, not clear run and short of room over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not pace to challange, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Nile Knight (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Trapeze 9-1 (8-12) Hampered start tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 14l behind Need You Now (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) hvy in Oct.