This could prove an informative contest with a number of these having already shown useful form this season. Fadhaa's close second to Brown Panther at Chester last month could hardly have worked out any better and that effort gives him the beating of Whiplash Willie on a line through the winner. But Barry Hills' colt is 6lb higher here and far from certain to confirm that running with third Colour Vision, though the latter disappointed at Musselburgh next time. Kinryas scored on his reappearance at Windsor and still has some scope, while Ardlui won easily at Thirsk on only his third start and Slight Advantage will appreciate the easier ground here. Pivotman beat Epsom Derby third Carlton House on his debut last year but may need this and we prefer another making his reappearance off a much more attractive mark. MAHAB EL SHAMMAAL overcame inexperience to make a winning debut on soft ground at Pontefract in the autumn. Bred to relish this trip, it may be worth taking a chance on his fitness with Martin Lane once again teaming up with David Simcock, on whose handicappers he had such a good strike rate last year.
Pivotman 7-2 (9-3) Dwelt, keen tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 18l behind Mantoba (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (2) gd in Oct.
Ardlui (IRE) 11-10fav (8-9) Prominent, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon clear, kept on strongly, won at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May beating Rio's Rosanna (9-9) by 7l, 13 ran.
Colour Vision (FR) 7-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, effort over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 11l behind Eternal Heart (8-5) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Fadhaa (IRE) 11-8fav (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Brown Panther (8-9) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May.
Kinyras (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Made all, veered sharply left on bend inside final 3f, in command when shaken up inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May beating Oneiric (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Bloodsweatandtears 20-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, faded over 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Sud Pacifique (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Whiplash Willie 9-1 (8-8) Dwelt, held up behind, pushed along and headway on inner over 3f out, faded 1f out, 7th of 10, 10l behind Brown Panther (8-12) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Rutland Boy 16-1 (8-10) Steadied start, held up last, outpaced and pushed along over 3f out, driven and headway over 1f out, switched left and stayed on inside final furlong, finished well, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Club Oceanic (9-7) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Mahab El Shamaal 12-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, came standside over 1f out, led approaching finial furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct beating She's Got The Luck (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Malanos (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, hard driven over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 14l behind Samarkand (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Slight Advantage (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up, headway on outside fom over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Anton Dolin (9-4) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.