This is tricky as though Stevie Thunder is eased in grade and the pick on official ratings he's not easy to win with and ideally needs further. Prime Exhibit did win this last year but has to concede weight all round and, like Stevie Thunder, isn't getting any younger. Kimbali has never won over this trip but has been in decent form over 7f and can't be ignored from a yard going well. SWIFT CEDAR won in better company at Newbury and Newcastle around this time last year and was only beaten half-a-length in a handicap on the Polytrack in February. He drops into a seller for the first time here and can land the spoils.
Prime Exhibit 6-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 4l behind Camachoice (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Botanist 50-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 9l behind Sam Spade (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr.
Carazam (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Always behind, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 11, 45l behind Layline (9-4) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Franklin Nights Franklins Gardens gelding out of Springtime Lady.
Kimbali (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Dwelt, held up, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 6, 6l behind Exzachary (8-9) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Stevie Thunder 10-1 (9-2) In touch on inside, headway on inside tracking leaders when not clear run over 1f out, switched left then right inside final furlong, stayed on, 5th of 13, 6l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Swift Cedar (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind High Time Too (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Banreenahreenkah (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, led, ridden and headed over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Aseela (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gs.
Violet Plum 66-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, headed approaching final 2f, chased leader until well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Well Painted (9-8) at Windsor 1m 2f clm stks (6) gd in Oct.
Duly Acclaimed (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) In touch, under pressure over 3f out, soon no impression, 4th of 5, 17l behind Late Shipment (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.