Fantasy Gladiator won this following a break last year so a lack of recent activity isn't as much a concern as his 5lb higher mark. We prefer PEARL NATION this time as the top weight has been running well enough against better opposition and has been dropped a couple of pounds since his latest outing. Sakash won on fast ground here last August and was on good form on the Polytrack in the spring while Vallarta is starting to come down the weights but may be better over 6f. Don't Be has her first start for new connections and is best watched.
Pearl Nation (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 7th of 11, 5l behind Conry (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Don't Be (9-4) 11th of 14, 13l behind Indian Walk (8-9) at Pont De Vivaux(FR) 7f 3yo hcp in Dec.
Vallarta (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Slowly away in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Spellmaker (9-0) at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fm.
Sakash 2-1fav (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Repetition (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in May.
Fantasy Gladiator 7-2 (9-7) Chased leader until over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Khajaaly (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.