Dandy Nicholls won this with Tax Free in 2007 but the latter hasn't scored for some time now and stablemate REDFORD is preferred. Last year's Ayr Gold Cup hero followed up that victory with a win at Ascot and is the highest rated in today's field as a result. The booking of Tom Queally suggests he's ready to roll on his reappearance, though Kieren Fallon has the leg-up on Nicholls' third runner Evens And Odds and he's not without a chance on his return from Dubai. Hamish McGonagall was much improved last year but his seven wins have all been over the minimum trip, while Castles In The Air found the selection too good at Ascot in September though he did win on his seasonal debut last year. Damika and Rash Judgement look up against it on these terms.
Castles In The Air 33-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division far side group, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 21, 16l behind Sweet Lightning (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp (4yo+) (2) gd.
Damika (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Raced centre, keen tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 25th of 30, 9l behind Docofthebay (8-12) at Newmarket 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Evens And Odds (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Never better than mid-division, last of 14, 12l behind Rakaan (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Feb.
Hamish McGonagall 9-4fav (8-12) Chased winner, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd post, 4th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Tangerine Trees (8-12) at Newmarket 5f Listed stks (1) sft in Sep.
Rash Judgement 80-1 (9-2) With leader, ridden and lost place over 1f out, no impression when hampered inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 11l behind Jimmy Styles (9-2) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Redford (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) In rear, effort over 2f out, never a factor, 11th of 17, 11l behind Bewitched (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Tax Free (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Led 1f, stayed front rank until 2f out, soon not much room and lost place, 16th of 17, 15l behind Russian Spirit (8-12) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) gs in Nov.