WELL PAINTED has finally been given some respite by the handicapper after a string of good efforts in better company than this last season. William Haggas' charge can take advantage dropped in class and land this. Diescentric scored at Kempton in November and should handle the soft going on his return while Myboyalfie is also at home over trip and ground and will have come on for his reappearance at Doncaster. Sam Nombulist is 5lb higher than last year's win at Newmarket and Sandy Lane has a 10lb hike to contend with having now won for four of his last five starts.
Well Painted (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, never involved, last of 26, 41l behind Excellent Guest (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf.
Diescentric (USA) 33-1 (8-13) Held up behind, driven and headway on outside well over 1f out, soon ridden, ran on well inside final furlong to lead final 100 yards, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov beating Webbow (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Xilerator (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Tracked leader and keen, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 11, 19l behind Two For Two (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Myboyalfie (USA) 11-1 (9-9) Close up, ridden and hung right over 1f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 18, 7l behind Educate (9-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Gouray Girl (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Spinatrix (9-5) at Ripon 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Sam Nombulist 25-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, soon lost place, no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 14, 12l behind Mezzotint (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Chookie Royale 10-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden and struggling from over 2f out, 8th of 9, 15l behind Awake My Soul (9-1) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Sandy Lane (IRE) 6-4fav (8-10) Close up, ridden to leader 2f out, led approaching final furlong, joined post, won at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr deadheating with Baccarat (9-6), 10 ran.
Kingscroft (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on well final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind It's A Mans World (8-6) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Amazing Amoray (IRE) 9-2fav (8-10) Keen, led, headed 5f out, tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led again inside final furlong, driven out, won at Leicester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep beating White Frost (9-9) by nk, 9 ran.
Steel Stockholder 9-2 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 4f out, headway on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 13l behind King Of Eden (9-12) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Chookie Avon 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held towards finish, 2nd of 9, hd behind The Happy Hammer (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.