A case can be made for most of these but a speculative vote goes to SO BELOVED given he's dropping down a grade having found only Russian Realm too good over 7f at Goodwood last time. Life Partner also finished runner-up, over track and trip, recently but was still beaten five lengths while Sir Mike's victory at Yarmouth came over a mile. Maid A Million has claims on her best form of last season and Englishman went close over 6f at Warwick last month. Zacynthus was only beaten only a head at Newcastle and Louis Steward is good value for his 5lb allowance.
Maid A Million 14-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, last of 9, 12l behind Willbeme (8-2) at York 6f flls hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Life Partner (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Dwelt, held up, took keen hold, headway 3f out, ridden and switched left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-0) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in May.
So Beloved 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, brought rest of field apart from leader in centre of course in straight and led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Russian Realm (8-9) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May.
Sir Mike 2-1fav (9-7) Switched right soon after start, raced wide held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 4l behind Tenor (8-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Equity Risk (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, weakened inside final 2f, eased when no chance final furlong, last of 7, 24l behind Russian Realm (8-9) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in May.
Showboating (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Always behind, 9th of 14, 6l behind Conry (8-12) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Close up and soon pushed along, not clear run over 1f out, switched left, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Clockmaker (9-11) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Englishman 6-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, good headway centre 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, chased winner and hung left inside final furlong, strong challenge close home, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Links Drive Lady (9-7) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Zacynthus (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, stayed on well towards finish, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind King Torus (9-1) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.