In a style typical of one from his yard, ALCAEUS continues to defy the handicapper with each step up in distance and made it four in a row at Yarmouth last time. He's up another 5lb but Sir Mark Prescott has not been tempted to make use of an apprentice's allowance so there may well be more to come. Divergence hails from last year's winning stable but will need to improve on her latest third at Ripon while Pivotal Silence steps up a grade off a higher mark after scoring on the Polytrack. Recent winner Duke Of Yorkshire looks the chief danger as White Month has a bit to find with the selection.
Alcaeus 4-7fav (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, held on, won at Yarmouth 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun beating Nateeja (8-12) by hd, 6 ran.
Divergence (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) In touch on outside, chased leading pair over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 3rd of 7, 7l behind London Bridge (9-5) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
White Month 6-5fav (9-0) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Could Be (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Pivotal Silence 11-4 (9-4) Headway to press leader 10f out, led 2f out, stayed on well to assert final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun beating Gabrial The Duke (9-6) by 1l, 9 ran.
Duke Of Yorkshire 5-4 (8-11) Tracked leader early, soon dropped in rear, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, soon pressed, held on towards finish, won at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Ambleside (9-7) by 1/2l, 3 ran.