Despite some good efforts in decent handicap sprints, Mac's Power failed to get his head in front last year and the assessor has seen fit to drop him only a stingy-looking 1lb. He should still be thereabouts again though while The Confessor is another seemingly treading water off his current mark. Bertiewhittle won three times last year and looks to have every chance under the in-form Jimmy Fortune but WHAILEYY has shown rapid progress this year. He almost defied a 10lb rise for a win at Kempton when beaten only a short-head by Alben Star last time and gets the nod here with Palace Moon and Swiss Cross making most appeal of the remainder.
Bay Knight (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) 10th of 11, 11l behind Soul (9-3) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp gd in Mar.
Palace Moon 7-1 (9-0) In touch in rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, driven and stayed on one pace, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Primaeval (9-0) at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar.
Pabusar 33-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 15l behind The Cheka (9-2) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Mar.
Mac's Power (IRE) 11-10fav (8-8) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 2f out, ridden and went 3rd over 1f out, kept on to press for 2nd, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 3l behind New Planet (8-8) at Warwick 6f stks (3) sft in Apr.
Whaileyy (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 13, shd behind Alben Star (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Mar.
Swiss Cross 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Medicean Man (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Lutine Bell 33-1 (9-1) Raced far side dwelt, always in rear, 21st of 29, 13l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-6) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) gd in Oct.
Bertiewhittle 16-1 (8-11) Behind stands side, ridden and headway on stands side rail when not much room and hampered over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 15th of 24, 7l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
Esprit de Midas 9-1 (9-4) In touch on inside, headway and closed on inner over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, just held on, all out, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr beating Kakapuka (9-1) by ns, 12 ran.
Sohraab 8-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride always in rear, 13th of 15, 5l behind Ajjaadd (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
The Confessor 6-1fav (8-10) Led far side, headed inside final 2f, soon ridden, one pace final furlong, 7th of 24, 4l behind Maarek (9-8) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gs.
Edge Closer 40-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 19, 12l behind Noble Citizen (8-6) at Ascot 6f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Naabegha 4-1fav (9-7) Slow into stride held up, stumbled over 5f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Powerful Presence (9-1) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Kuanyao (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Raced centre, tracked leaders, weakening when edged left over 1f out, 13th of 19, 8l behind Gentle Lord (8-13) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Mac Gille Eoin 33-1 (9-3) Raced wide, in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Shropshire (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Mar.