2004 was the last time a favourite obliged but KINGSGATE CHOICE rates the selection whether he starts the jolly or not. He finished with a late rattle to score at York three weeks ago and can follow-up here confirming superiority with Bosun Breese, Magical Macey, Barnet Fair and Ubetterbegood in the process. The latter was engaged to run at York yesterday while the selection also had an admittedly below par Hamish McGonagall behind when runner-up to the higher rated Tangerine Trees over track and trip in March. Rothesay Chancer beat Flash City over course and distance a fortnight ago but the latter pair, along with recent Brighton winner Racy, found Bajan Tryst too good in last year's renewal. Kevin Ryan's charge looks a threat competing off a lower mark today while Jamaican Bolt will welcome any rain and Long Awaited has a shout with a recent run at Epsom under his belt.
Hamish McGonagall 5-1 (9-2) in a race won by Spirit Quartz (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 5f Grp 2 (1) gs, 9 ran.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Prominent, took keen hold, steadied after 1f, ridden, switched left and headway over 1f out, led and edged right inside final furlong, ran on well, won at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May beating York Glory (9-5) by 1/2l, 19 ran.
Face The Problem (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Hamza (8-12) at Beverley 5f cond Stakes (3) gd in May.
Cheviot (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Always in rear, 14th of 15, 8l behind Ancient Cross (8-10) at York 5f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in May.
Confessional 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Magical Macey (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 10th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-4) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Stone Of Folca 7-2 (9-7) Keen when take to post early, led, ridden 2f out, edged left and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind My Propeller (9-1) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Jamaican Bolt (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 5th of 18, 2 3/4l behind Thunderball (8-12) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Mar.
Long Awaited (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Held up off the pace in rear of mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 12th of 17, 3l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Nero Emperor (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Led, strongly pressed and headed over 1f out, no extra and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Allegra Tak (9-1) at Tipperary 5f hcp sft in May.
Captain Dunne (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Smartly away, led on rail ridden and headed 1f out, chased leader until no extra towards finish, 7th of 17, 2l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 33-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden, hung left and headway over 1f out, never on terms with leaders, 9th of 19, 3l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-4) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 6-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 5th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Racy 6-4fav (9-7) Made all, clear over 1f out, kept up to work inside final furlong, ran on strongly, unchallenged, won at Brighton 5f clm stks (6) gs in May beating Noverre To Go (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Barnet Fair 25-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up, ridden over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 19, 2l behind Kingsgate Choice (9-4) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gd in May.
Mister Manannan (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division in centre, ridden 2f out, edged left and weakened final furlong, 16th of 17, 7l behind Duke Of Firenze (9-0) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp (2) gd.
Church Music (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 10l behind Harrison George (8-5) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Bosun Breese 5-2 (9-2) Pressed leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final strides, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Rothesay Chancer (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Flash City (ITY) 6-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, rallied to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 6, nk behind Rothesay Chancer (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Rothesay Chancer 9-4fav (8-13) Outpaced, headway and switched left to stand side rail approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead final strides, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Flash City (8-11) by nk, 6 ran.