Colonel Mak won easily over track and trip in July but is 9lb higher today. Majestic Myles has tumbled down the weights since last winning though tends to save his best for Chester nowadays. The veteran Baby Strange has each-way claims with a recent run under his belt and Can You Conga won a higher grade sprint than this at Newmarket in August. The latter's stablemate and Ayr Silver Cup winner Ancient Cross and Louis The Pious are others with a shout, but the vote goes to ANNUNCIATION. He'll have come on from a recent reappearance at Doncaster and last year's Shergar Cup Sprint winner should be bang there at the finish.
Ancient Cross 25-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 20th of 21, 22l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Annunciation 16-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 12, 3l behind Trinityelitedotcom (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Louis The Pious 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 21, 5l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Royal Rascal 50-1 (8-7) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, last of 9, 24l behind Top Notch Tonto (9-3) at Redcar 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Oct.
Newstead Abbey 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 14, 6l behind Grey Mirage (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Colonel Mak 6-4fav (8-10) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Hopes N Dreams (8-5) at Hamilton 6f cond Stakes (2) gs in Sep.
Majestic Myles (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Chased leaders stand side, weakened over 1f out, 20th of 26, 16l behind Highland Colori (8-13) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Forest Edge (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden halfway, outpaced over 2f out, 8th of 12, 13l behind Trinityelitedotcom (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Fast Shot 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 8l behind Aetna (8-12) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Can You Conga 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 18, 9l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Yeeoow (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Tracked leader 1f, close up, ridden over 2f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Upavon (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Baby Strange 16-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.