A couple of these stand out on recent form. Arashi scored over track and trip last month and has ran well in a couple of subsequent starts but he has a bit to find with BOSTON BLUE on latest running. The latter also registered a course and distance win last month and Tony Carroll's charge is taken to go in again up against today's limited opposition. In fact, it's hard to make a strong case for any of the others unless the likes of Dream Prospector and Gladstone improve for the step up in trip given last August's Nottingham winner Phantom Reach has been beaten out of sight since.
Arashi 7-2 (9-6) Held up last, headway on outside over 3f out, disputing close 2nd 2f out, ridden and chance over 1f out, 4th and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Almost Gemini (9-6) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Gilded Age 22-1 (8-13) Chased clear leader until over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 10th of 13, well behind Sign Manual (9-0) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Lombok 20-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, good headway on wide outside 6f out, chased leader inside final 3f, driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Trovare (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Dream Prospector 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms with leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Kashgar (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Sommersturm (GER) 7-1 (9-1) Chased leading pair until over 4f out, weakened quickly, last of 5, 20l behind The Holyman (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Toughness Danon 9-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Sehnsucht (9-2) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Boston Blue 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leading trio, effort 2f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden and chance over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Almost Gemini (9-6) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
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.
Phantom Ranch 16-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 11, well behind Albonny (9-2) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
William Hogarth 33-1 (8-9) Chased leader until 3f out, chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 13, 10l behind Tijori (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Fair Breeze 22-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 4f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on well, 5th of 12, 7l behind Almost Gemini (9-1) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Petersboden 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division on inside, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair 2f out until ridden over 1f out, no impression in 5th soon after, 5th of 13, 11l behind Golden Jubilee (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
If What And Maybe 20-1 (8-4) Slowly away, in rear, steady headway from 10f out to join leader over 6f out, carried very wide bend into straight over 4f out, never a factor after, last of 12, well behind Sancho Panza (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Suhailah 50-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden and well beaten over 2f out, last of 9, 16l behind Attraction Ticket (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.