Course specialist Fastnet Storm would have been the selection had he been better drawn David Barron's front-runner could still go close if things went his way but, drawn closer to the running rail, KENSEI is preferred. David O'Meara's charge only found San Cassiano too good over C&D last time and can race off the same mark today. Ailsa Craig and Epernay may also be undone by a wide draw, but the three-year-old King Of The Celts will have no excuses from stall two and was in good form when last seen. Last month's Beverley third Ginger Jack has dropped to a decent mark and may be the pick of the remainder ahead of the frustrating Hidden Glory.
Pleasant Day (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 14l behind Dhaamer (8-10) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd.
Classic Colori (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Dwelt in rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 9, 5l behind Crown Counsel (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Fastnet Storm (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Soon chased leader until 5f out, chased leading pair until weakened rapidly 3f out, last of 16, well behind Albaqaa (9-8) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Mirrored 20-1 (9-2) Went to post early, in rear, never a factor, 16th of 20, 30l behind Crackentorp (9-4) at York 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Ginger Jack 4-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5f out, headway over 2f out, kept on well to go 3rd inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Jonny Lesters Hair (9-3) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Prominent, led 7f out until over 5f out, led again over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Silver Grey (9-12) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Kensei (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Prominent in 4th, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2l behind San Cassiano (9-9) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Rumble of Thunder (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led until over 2f out, handy until weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 8l behind Dubai Crest (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Ailsa Craig (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway to challenge over 2f out, soon ridden, led narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, won at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft beating Licence To Till (9-13) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Scrapper Smith (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Very slowly away, in rear, headway on outer over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 8, 5l behind Dazeen (9-5) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jul.
Hidden Glory 4-1fav (10-0) In touch, headway to track leaders over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 5th of 9, 2l behind Christmas Light (9-8) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Epernay 15-8fav (9-10) Led early, held up in touch in mid-division, headway 3f out, led well over 1f out, ridden, edged left and headed inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 13, hd behind Broughtons Paradis (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gd in Jul.
King Of The Celts (IRE) 10-1 (8-2) Led 2f and keen, tracked leaders, led again 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Bridle Belle (8-10) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Jul.