DUTIFUL is the form horse in the finale and gains the vote ahead of Jubail and Sir Bruno. The selection was successful at Leicester before performing well and finishing second at Pontefract off a five pound higher mark. He runs off the same mark once again and with luck in running he will not be far away come the business end of the race. Jubail is unexposed with only four runs under his belt. He has shown some decent enough form in a couple of those races to suggest he is good enough to win a race of sorts, but the betting market will be the best guide to his chances. Top weight Sir Bruno is yet to get his head in front but has run well in defeat on a number of occasions. He has finished closely in behind quite a few subsequent winners and for that reason the handicapper has been reluctant to drop him. He has slowly come down to what looks like a realistic mark and deserves respect. Dutiful looks a horse on the up grade and is worth staying on the right side of.
Sir Bruno (FR) 5-2fav (9-2) Not much room and slowly into stride, headway over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 22l behind Kingsdine (8-13) at Chepstow 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Iptkaar (USA) 8-1 (9-11) Soon led and overall leader, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Avon Lady (9-10) at Yarmouth 1m fll hcp (5) gf.
Dutiful 7-4fav (9-7) Steadied start, held up in 4th, went 3rd just over 2f out, soon no chance with winner, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Vito Volterra (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Jubail (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up in touch, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind On Her Way (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Mellifera 5-1 (9-5) Never really travelled towards rear, pushed along halfway, some late modest progress, never a factor, 8th of 11, 8l behind Abhar (8-11) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Steed 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up, never a factor, 7th of 11, 6l behind Rasselas (9-7) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Pont De Nuit 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, lost place 5f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Mr Harmoosh (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Zagarock 50-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 12, 9l behind Database (9-0) at Bath 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Tilsworth Glenboy 7-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 8th of 11, 15l behind Volatilis (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo stk 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Highland Jewel (IRE) 28-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, raced wide, held up, driven along 4f out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 25l behind Mount Athos (8-11) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Adoyen Spice 25-1 (8-8) Hampered start, prominent, lost place over 3f out, 9th of 11, 20l behind Denton Ryal (8-6) at Salisbury 1m 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.