Doncaster winner Best Of Order came up short when stepped up to this grade at York and is best in testing ground. Newstead Abbey looks in the handicapper's grip on his recent fourth at Chester, though he finished ahead of Tellovoi and Laffan. Majestic Moon finished runner-up over track and trip on his penultimate start when JUST PAUL proved too good. Philip Kirby's charge has since been beaten in soft ground but Joey Haynes' allowance puts him back on a winning mark so he gets the vote.
Best Of Order (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) In touch, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Dutch Rose (9-2) at York 7f (2) gs in May.
Newstead Abbey 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Pacific Heights (9-2) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Laffan (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) In touch, effort well over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Pacific Heights (9-2) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Tellovoi (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden when pressed over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, weakened, 8th of 13, 7l behind Pacific Heights (9-2) at Chester 7f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Majestic Moon (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner and lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Heavy Metal 20-1 (9-7) Always in rear, 10th of 11, 10l behind Las Verglas Star (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Silver Rime (FR) 25-1 (8-11) In touch, outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 7, 12l behind Uncle Dermot (8-4) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
Just Paul (IRE) 6-1fav (8-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 12l behind Conry (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.