None of these figure in the Lincoln betting at the moment but Nazreef won this contest last year and looks set for another bold bid. Last year's third, Mia's Boy, looks better value this time around on much better terms with Nazreef and ran well behind Marco Botti's Solar Deity, who runs in the opener, last time. The Newmarket trainer is represented by GUEST OF HONOUR today and though the latter has a short-head to make up with Loyalty on latest running, he can do so with further progress expected. Strictly Silver and Alfred Hutchinson have claims on their recent placed efforts in competitive handicaps at Lingfield but the returning Pilgrims Rest could prove the fly in the ointment representing the Hannon team with Richard Hughes in fine form.
Memory Cloth 25-1 (8-13) Raced centre, tracked leader, effort over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 16th of 18, 18l behind Don't Call Me (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Nazreef 3-1 (9-7) Prominent, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, driven and rallied towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Docofthebay (8-10) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Feb.
Global Village (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Raced stand side, mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 7l behind Skilful (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Mia's Boy 7-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, driven and stayed on towards finish, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Solar Deity (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Alfred Hutchinson 7-1 (8-10) Close up on outer, headway to chase leader over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Solar Deity (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Held up towards rear, making headway when badly hampered on rail well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Loyalty 7-2 (9-4) In touch, ridden and headway entering final furlong, soon every chance, ran on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Guest of Honour (IRE) 10-11fav (9-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd on inside over 3f out, driven over 1f out, strong challenge and going on close home, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Loyalty (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Laffan (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Reluctant to load stalls, prominent, led over 4f out until over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 17th of 22, 10l behind Ishvana (8-12) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, dropped to last over 4f out, stayed on final 75 yards, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Anaconda (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Jan.
Come On Blue Chip (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 3f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Tinshu (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Pilgrims Rest (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd halfway, took narrow lead entering final 2f, ridden over 1f out, narrowly headed final 100 yards, kept on and rallied close home, just failed, 2nd of 13, shd behind Quixote (8-13) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Grey Mirage 3-1fav (8-12) Led after 1f, ridden 2 lengths clear approaching final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Emerald Wilderness (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.