HIGH OFFICE, representing the in-form Richard Fahey, usually performs over shorter but is quite capable over staying trips such as the challenge faced here- he was sixth in last season's Goodwood Stakes. The obvious concern is that he's not visited the winner's circle since 2011 but, with fitness assured, this may just be his day. King Of The Picts is a real eye-catcher as he's enjoyed a cracking season over timber, winning in Grade 3 company before placing in successive high-quality contests behind The Tullow Turk, Vautour and Josses Hill on his last three starts. He has a wonderful chance if able to transfer that standard to the Flat, where he's been less effective in the past. Dr Irv and Corton Lad are worth a look first time back whilst Sir Frank Morgan must be noted off the bottom perch after scoring three times on the all-weather in the last five weeks.
Twelve Strings (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 23, 22l behind Conduct (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
King of The Picts (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 6th 2f out, no extra, 7th of 13, 11l behind Offer (10-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct '12.
Dr Irv 12-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 17, 7l behind Be Perfect (9-9) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Entihaa 11-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Forced Family Fun (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
High Office 7-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, headway on outside 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th final 100 yards, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 4l behind Pertuis (8-13) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Pass Muster 11-4 (9-4) Held up in last pair, chased leaders under pressure 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with winner in clear 2nd from over 1f out, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind La Estrella (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec '12.
Bright Abbey 20-1 (9-6) With leader, led after about 2f, ridden and pressed final furlong, found extra inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Waving (9-10) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Corton Lad 16-1 (9-2) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 3, 10l behind Layl (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Caledonia 9-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 4th of 17, 3l behind Be Perfect (9-9) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Sir Frank Morgan (IRE) 8-13fav (9-10) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 4, 1l behind Pinotage (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.