LOVIN showed a fair amount of promise on debut when fifth in a Goodwood maiden behind Feel Glorious over 6f. The drop in trip looks likely to suit the daughter of Orb, who can improve from that effort with the assistance of champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa. Autumn Splendour only beat one rival home when ninth behind Dark Vision at York but he is better judged on earlier form, while Isaan Queen completes the shortlist.
One To Go would set the standard on form with his second at Nottingham in handicap company 10 days ago a solid enough effort. That said, he could be vulnerable against some unraced types and ANYCITY looks capable of making it a winning start. His half-sister Agent Allison won impressively on her debut before going on to place at Group 2 level, and he represents a trainer doing well with juveniles. Set With The Stars and Capla Flyer are both respected.
HUMBERT took a deserved success at Newcastle having gone close in competitive handicaps on turf earlier on in the season and a 3lb rise for that looks more than fair for Hugo Palmer's gelding. Salateen arrives in good heart having placed in a Listed contest at Pontefract behind Big Country and he can go close off top weight, while Race Day won well at Sandown when last seen and could have more to offer.
QUEEN IN WAITING had Alsvinder (second), Midnight Malibu (third), Verne Castle (fourth) and Dynamo Walt (seventh) behind when scoring impressively over this C&D two weeks ago and, although a subsequent 8lb rise is hefty, she looks capable of confirming placings with those rivals and following up. Handicap debutant Corinthia Knight can't be ruled out.
Right at the foot of the weights, it might pay to side with Hugo Palmer's unexposed three-year-old RASHDAN. Both on his victories thus far have come on an all-weather surface and he won with enough in hand at Newcastle last time to suggest he can defy a 5lb rise in the ratings. Adamant is another lightly-raced gelding and he warrants respect dropping back in distance for his all-weather debut, while dual course winner Secret Art merits shortlist inclusion.
CAT ROYALE kept on well in the closing stages when third over the extended mile at Wolverhampton last time and is expected to improve for this step back up in trip. Shamonix is fitted with a first-time visor after going down by a head over track and trip earlier in the month and is unlikely to be far away at the line, while Angel Of The North wasn't far behind her in the same race 13 days ago and will be interesting again if attracting support.
FINAL CHOICE bolted up by five lengths over track and trip last week and is expected to remain competitive now turned out swiftly under a penalty. Twister has been running creditably in defeat over 1m4f at Lingfield and is a live danger to the selection now tackling this stiffer test in receipt of weight-for-age. The pick of the remainder may be recent Beverley winner General Zoff, who has a 3lb rise to contend with.
LOVIN showed plenty to work on when fifth of 17 in a maiden at Goodwood on debut and makes the most appeal ahead of penalised-winners Isaan Queen and Autumn Splendour.
Debutant ANYCITY makes plenty of appeal on paper and gets the nod. One To Go misses an engagement at Beverley on Thursday, and looks a serious rival. Capla Flyer, another newcomer, may prove best of the rest.
HUMBERT showed battling qualities when scoring at Newcastle last time and can enhance his excellent record on AW. Race Day produced his best effort for a while when winning at Sandown and is feared most ahead of Pactolus, who's won 4 times around here.
VERNE CASTLE is threatening to come good again soon, doing very well under the circumstances when fifth over this C&D last week (fared best of those ridden prominently). Catterick 1-2 Queen In Waiting and Alsvinder are others to consider.
RASHDAN quickly resumed progress returned to an artificial surface/equipped with first-time blinkers at Newcastle 3 weeks ago. That effort suggests he has more in his locker yet and he can follow up. Nathan's C&D third in June has been boosted subsequently and he is feared if dispelling his latest effort, whilst Adamant is a 4-y-o who remains with a degree of untapped potential.
KING ATHELSTAN showed improved form on his first start for Gary Moore when opening his account at Brighton last week, doing well under the circumstances to come from the rear. He can defy a penalty. Cat Royale may emerge as the leading threat, ahead of Oakley Mimosa, who remains relatively low mileage.
TWISTER, despite finishing second, failed to build on the promise of his previous run (had split a pair of next-time-out winners) at Lingfield last month. However, he's undoubtedly worth another chance given his connections and he can land the finale. Recent C&D winner Final Choice and General Zoff are feared most.