This isn't much better than the race DANZOE won at Yarmouth two weeks ago. Christine Dunnett's charge is 4lb higher but Darren Egan's claim takes care of most of that and the top weight, successful over course and distance on similar ground last year, is probably the one to beat. Falasteen is well treated on his best form but it's more than two years since he last got his head in front while Alpha Delta Whisky came unstuck back on Turf at Sandown last month, though Michael Murphy is back in the saddle today. Monnoyer can confirm last month's Southwell running with Shawkantango and has run well at Chepstow since so may be the pick of the remainder.
Danzoe (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Love You Louis (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Alpha Delta Whisky 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 6th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Tagula Night (9-2) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
El Mcglynn (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 17l behind Silken Express (9-5) at Southwell 5f fll hcp (4) fbs.
Shawkantango 7-2 (8-9) Taken to post early, dwelt pushed along in rear, headway entering final furlong, slightly hampered inside final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 5, hd behind Monnoyer (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Apr.
Falasteen (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Rider removed hood late, awkwardly away in touch, weakened 2f out, last of 11, 8l behind Dark Lane (8-10) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Royal Bajan (USA) 9-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 17l behind Chosen One (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Passionada 15-8fav (9-5) Chased leaders, effort on outside over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Cardinal (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Monnoyer 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Dark Lane (8-10) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 12-1 (8-13) With leader stand side, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 15, 10l behind Secret City (8-13) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Monsieur Jamie 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Above The Stars (8-10) at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Charming (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 5l behind Dark Lane (8-10) at Chepstow 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Ivestar (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division on inside, switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sunrise Dance (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Quality Art (USA) 28-1 (8-7) In touch centre, headway inside final 2f, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra when lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Whitecrest (9-3) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.