LODEN ended last season with a win at Kempton and found only one too good on his return to action over 1m4f at Windsor last month. There should be plenty more to come over longer distances and Luca Cumani's charge gets the nod. Milnagavie landed her hat-trick at Brighton last time but will need to improve again off a 6lb higher mark, while Drawn Gold brought last season to a premature end with a victory over C&D in June and has his first start since. This is a better race than Hawridge King won here last July, but Momkinzain scored over track and trip last time and looks the biggest danger to the selection on that form.
Captain John Nixon 6-1 (9-7) Chased winner until well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lovers Causeway (8-11) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Hibiki (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) In touch, went 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, edged right over 1f out, ridden out, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug '09 beating Sleepy Hollow (11-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, some headway final furlong, never in contention, 8th of 11, 7l behind Lovers Causeway (8-11) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Milnagavie 13-8 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, hung left to far rail over 1f out, clear final furlong, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Wily Fox (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 4 ran.
Momkinzain (USA) 8-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) fm beating Aurorian (9-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
Loden 5-2fav (9-1) Held up in 6th, pushed along and headway over 3f out, effort on rails over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Mons Calpe (8-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Hawridge King 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace under pressure final 2f, no impression, 5th of 7, 4l behind Hawridge Star (8-10) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Oct.
Sunny Future (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 15l behind Huff And Puff (9-7) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Apr.
Eshtyaaq 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division on outside, wide on bend over 4f out, ridden 3f out, no danger after, 10th of 16, 8l behind New Code (9-3) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Apr.
Drawn Gold 11-2 (8-2) Made all, quickened over 4f out, hard driven over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Mykingdomforahorse (8-8) by 3/4l, 5 ran.