It will be interesting to see how Itlaaq performs on his reappearance but John Dunlop's colt needed his first run last term and he may be best watched on his return to action this season as well with a better bet looking to be MANNLICHEN, who gets the vote with The Fonz rated the pick of the remainder. The selection has run to a consistent level of form this term over shorter than the trip that he faces today but Mark Johnston's gelding has given every indication that the return to 1m4f would suit and he has solid claims off the same mark that he raced off last time. John Quinn's Blue Nymph should appreciate the return to the flat having been well beaten over hurdles at Cheltenham in the Triumph on his most recent start and has to be considered as does Tim Easterby's Deauville Flyer, although he would probably prefer a softer surface. James Fanshawe's Incendo made a pleasing return at Kempton last month but has to race off a career high mark and of more interest may be Alan King's Silk Hall, who returns to the flat on a fair mark. Neil King's Chalice Welcome and Jeremy Glover's Veloso have both been in good form on the Polytrack of late and have to be respected back on turf but of more interest may be The Fonz. Sir Michael Stoute's gelding disappointed on his return at Doncaster last month but the yard's runners are in better form now so he is likely to do better today and he looks the main danger to Mannlichen, who can resume winning ways now stepped back up in trip.
Geneva Geyser (GER) 13-2 (9-7) Soon led, lost action over 5f out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Akbabend (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct, 7 ran.
Sirgarfieldsobers (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden 3f out, no impression, 8th of 9, 10l behind Shavansky (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) fm in Apr.
Just Lille (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 7, 7l behind Danehillsundance (8-5) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Chalice Welcome 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, under pressure 3f out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 21l behind King Olav (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Track Record 25-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 22l behind Dazinski (8-7) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Apr.
Itlaaq 5-2 (9-2) Held up in rear, switched left and came wide entering straight, good headway 2f out, edged right and led over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, hd behind Incendo (8-8) at Kempton 1m 4f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Blue Nymph 9-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 6th of 8, 8l behind Dance The Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Veloso (FR) 5-1 (8-1) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, soon strongly challenged, hard ridden, all out, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs beating Ella (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Camps Bay (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 7l behind Follow The Flag (8-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf.
Persian Peril 20-1 (8-6) Held up in touch, one pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 9l behind Harrison George (9-4) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Apr.
Silk Hall (UAE) 9-2 (9-12) Prominent, every chance over 2f out, ridden and hung right from over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Benedict Spirit (9-5) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Omokoroa (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 3l behind Bugaku (8-8) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Kames Park (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, never able to challenge, 9th of 10, 13l behind Prince Picasso (8-6) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Aleatricis 25-1 (8-8) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 31l behind Bernie The Bolt (7-12) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Deauville Flyer 3-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden and short of room fom 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Kames Park (9-1) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Cluain Alainn (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, outpaced and lost touch 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 9, 7l behind Kidlat (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Mannlichen 9-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind King Fingal (8-9) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Incendo 10-3 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Chalice Welcome (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
The Fonz 11-4fav (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Dangerous Midge (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Kingsdale Orion (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, nk behind Sir Royal (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.