This is always ultra-competitive though two of the last three favourites have won. Mick Easterby loves a crack at this big prize and won it with Hoof It in 2011. He hasn't won a race since that year but has been running well in top company so don't be shocked if her bounced back again. After victories over this trip at Thirsk and the Curragh, Line of Reason completed his hat-trick over the minimum on this track. He's up another 7lb but it will be a surprise if he's not thereabouts. The lightly-raced and progressive Muthmir may just have needed the run at Newcastle after a long absence and he's at the right end of the handicap. He had subsequent winner Kimberella behind and should get into the firing-line. Bogart beat Goldream into second here in August and a string of duck eggs sees him back on exactly the same mark so he can go well though a chance is taken on a return to form of the veteran HITCHENS. David Barron's charge was on a mark of 108 when landing a Listed contest at Chester last August and is down to 96 for this. Franny Norton does the steering this time and his mount can gain victory number twelve.
Hoof It 16-1 (9-5) Raced far side, held up in mid-division, headway 2f out, soon ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, no chance with main group leaders, 17th of 28, 12l behind Baccarat (9-2) at Royal Ascot 6f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Jun.
Morawij 25-1 (9-10) Raced centre, held up, pushed along halfway, never on terms, ridden and beaten over 1f out, 14th of 18, 9l behind Discussiontofollow (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf.
Line Of Reason (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Held up in touch, pushed along and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Silvanus (8-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Bondesire 7-2fav (9-3) Broke well, led, headed halfway, chased winner ridden over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Willbeme (8-2) at York 6f flls hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun.
Bogart 25-1 (9-2) Raced centre, led group and well on terms with near side group, headed in group over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 18, 8l behind Discussiontofollow (8-10) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf.
Goldream 11-2 (9-12) In touch on outer, ridden over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Milly's Gift (9-2) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Hitchens (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Blaine (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Kimberella 7-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, took keen hold, led inside final furlong, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Chester 6f hcp 105 (2) gf beating Confessional (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Whozthecat (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, no extra 1f out, 11th of 16, 9l behind Sir Maximilian (9-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf.
Out Do 9-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Blaine (9-3) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Ancient Cross 25-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway far side halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 8th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Top Boy (7-13) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gs in May.
Rene Mathis (GER) 20-1 (8-13) Led far side group 2f, prominent, weakened over 1f out, 24th of 28, 15l behind Louis The Pious (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Muthmir (IRE) 9-4fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up behind, headway inside final 2f, ridden and stayed on to challenge inside final furlong, just held towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Tatlisu (8-11) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Secretinthepark 10-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 8th of 12, 6l behind Kimberella (9-1) at Chester 6f hcp 105 (2) gf.
Zalty (FR) 20-1 (8-5) Soon raced in far side group, 19th halfway, progress to challenge and dispute lead 1f out, soon led, kept on well final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 23, 1/2l behind Line Of Reason (8-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jun.
See The Sun 10-1 (9-2) Raced near side, chased leader in group, ridden to lead group over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Deeds Not Words (8-5) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) sft.
Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) Mid-division, switched left and headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held when lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Almargo (8-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Mappin Time (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Off the pace towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and chased leaders over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, ran on to lead on line, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Apr beating Top Boy (8-12) by shd, 10 ran.
Tellovoi (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Pulled hard, with leader, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Tenor (9-6) at Lingfield 1m stks 0-90 (3) pol.
Picture Dealer 6-1 (9-7) Started very slowly, well behind in centre, in touch in rear halfway, switched to near side chasing leaders 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, rider dropped whip inside final furlong, ran on towards finish but not recover, 4th of 5, 4l behind Tanzeel (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.